In general, this book has been great at teaching my 4-year old daughter to read. The book claims that the child will achieve a 2nd grade reading level by the end, but I think this is only true for decoding skills. Advanced phonics sounds are introduced quickly, but comprehension and fluency are not at a second grade level by the end of this text. This has made it difficult to decide what curriculum to use next! Most of the stories are pretty silly, which my daughter likes. Sometimes the characters do mean or bad things, so we have to follow up with a discussion about moral behavior. Some of the stories require higher-level thinking by using sarcasm or emotions that are not evident in the text. There are not many pictures, and the child is not supposed to look at the picture until after reading the story twice. This was frustrating for my daughter.Occasionally, there are errors in grammar in the reading passages, like using conjunctions at the beginning of sentences.
This is a great product, and certainly the most economical method to get your child on a 2nd grade reading level. You can add some bells and whistles and hands-on activities if you want to. One caution--I have read some bad reviews, and I believe that most of them are the result of trying to teach the child before he or she is ready--particularly boys. If they are struggling with the lesson, put the book away for a month or so, then back up a few lessons and try again. Children come to readiness at different times and you CANNOT rush it. So don't be afraid to take a break and then come back to it--several times if necessary. After homeschooling all three of my kids through high school, I am now buying this for my grandkids!
I used this book for my daughter when she was 4 years old and by 5 years she was reading well. I tried to use it with my son when he turned 5 and within the first 5 to 10 lessons I knew that was a mistake. About 9 months later, I am using it again with him and he absolutely loves to read. Just a caution, don't make them read until they are ready. If I would have kept going with my son when he wasn't interested, it would have been a HUGE mistake.
Stressed at a homeschool fair as to what to do to teach reading to my 4.5 yo son; a wise mother of ten recommended this book to me. Now we are 4 children and 6 years later and i have to say this is a MUST and a MAINSTAY in our home. Your child will learn how to read with this simple inexpensive book. Just make sure and read the "how to" section at the beginning and you are "good to go" as they say! Well worth it, we will be purchasing our 4th copy this year. Highly Recommended as a great starting point!