DD is a good reader and has been a free reader since year 1. Her teacher has given her this book (now year 2 and not 7 until March) as her home reading book and she is really struggling. It has a lot of colloquial Yorkshire/Lancashire speak in it and just seems a bit too advanced. I don't wish to discourage her, but she is struggling to understand it as the language is so foreign to her. We are in Manchester by the way, so this isn't a north/south thing, but she has no concept of 'theseyer' 'twas' 'tis' 'afore' and 't'wont'. I told her I would post here for advice.
Dd is 8 and would still struggle with that (awaiting dx of ASD and ADD, so reading's taken her a long while). DKS is her favourite author, but we read the stories to her and she has a few on CD. The dialect is hard to read for such young readers I think.
As a teacher, I read it to a class of 8/9 year olds. I think it could well be too hard for even a free reading 6 year old, and I think the presence of dialect provides you with a good excuse to send it back to the teacher unread (or you read it to her maybe?)
Are you really telling us that the teacher picks the books for the children to read? Even when they are still on the reading scheme, all my children have picked their own books (though within levels).
I just asked her who picked this and she said the teacher. I am aware that the children normally pick their own, so was assuming she had selected it herself and would therefore tell her to pick another one and that this one was too hard. She is adamant though that the teacher picked it for her. Shall I just read it with her during holidays and see how she gets on?
Interestingly, even though our primary is pretty academic, even advanced readers follow reading schemes for a lot longer than Yr 1. Free reading is much later in the school. Regardless, I would have thought that book was beyond even an advanced 6 year old.
As a teacher I would say it is a bit much for a 6 year old. Can't you just swap it and say it was too difficult for her? No point stuggling on! I used to use it in Year 5 for some of my reading groups!