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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs
by Cornelia Funke
Age Range: 6-8
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke has created five short stories set in a holiday village by the seaside in Sandy Cove. From a message in a bottle, sand pigs, lost children, pet crabs and unusual shells, these mini adventures capture the fun of the seaside. Sarah Horne’s cartoon-like illustrations enhance the humour in Funke’s text. Pithy, concise and with all the key ingredients of a longer novel, Funke’s short seaside stories are sure to engage young readers.
One of the ‘Little Gems’ series published by Barrington Stoke, this pocket-sized format of 100-pages has dyslexia friendly features and is also ideal for reluctant readers too. The short sentences with special line, character, paragraph spacing and font ensure that there is not too much text on each page. There are lots of chapter breaks, special cream paper which minimizes glare together with lots of illustrations to help with the understanding of the story. The book also includes appealing coloured endpapers and jacket flaps with added extras such as spot the difference puzzles and activities.
Each book in this series has been tested for children and young people by children and young people. They are recommended for 5-8’s and with a reading age of 6+, they are also suitable for children of 7-10 reading below this level and for dyslexic or reluctant readers.