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Is Dr Suess really copper band?

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StripyShoes Wed 26-Sep-12 10:30:17

Ds bought home Fox in socks. It has been banded as copper. It seems to be a ridiculously easy book for a child that usually reads Jeremy Strong and the like.

When I mentioned it to the teacher she said that the book was banded as it was banded and there were reasons for that band. She was unable to tell me the reason behind this book however.

So is it to do with accessing different styles, with rhymes etc? Or has it been banded wrong?

StripyShoes Wed 26-Sep-12 10:31:58

Some other books such as scrambled egg super for example are probably at a higher level. I wonder if they have just banded the while collection the same?

4lovelychildren Wed 26-Sep-12 13:01:53

My son brought that book home this week and he is Yr 1 and on oramge band.

HTH

crazygracieuk Wed 26-Sep-12 13:28:22

I think I saw it in the turquoise or gold box. Ds2 is on orange and could read it but definitely not in one go.

StripyShoes Wed 26-Sep-12 13:40:15

hmm. Thanks for your responses. He was on orange over 15 months ago. On gold nine months ago.

Anyone know where I could get a reading age guide for books?

I am willing to accept it if it is levelled at copper for a decent, explainable reason, but he is so bored! I got pulled in the other week and told off for him reading his whole book in one night confused and questioned as to whether he really is reading it! Yes, he is, in about five seconds flat! hmm

StripyShoes Thu 27-Sep-12 19:54:22

Bump. Had some time to read up online and it seems to be aimed at 6 yr reading age?

sassytheFIRST Thu 27-Sep-12 19:56:24

Don't know what the bands equate to as our school doesn't use them. However, dr Seuss books are a variety of reading abilities - the great man himself described How Thw Grinch Stole Xmas as "a dr Seuss fable for the slightly more able" smile

harvestvestibule Thu 27-Sep-12 20:08:41

its only one book does it really matter?

StripyShoes Thu 27-Sep-12 20:11:19

Sassy - like that quote!

Harvest - no, one book doesnt matter. But it is a small thing in a long line of things and a pattern is forming.

CaseyShraeger Thu 27-Sep-12 20:22:14

I'd say that Fox In Socks isn't difficult to read in terms of vocabulary and decodability, but it's quite difficult to read out loud. So it could help to improve fluency in reading out loud.

Chicks with bricks come. Chicks with blocks come. Chicks with bricks and blocks and clocks come.

I have trouble reading that, and I think I'm probably above copper band...

StripyShoes Thu 27-Sep-12 20:30:58

grin Yes, I'd say you probably are!

But the out loud thing works for me smile All I was asking for was a rational reason as the teacher couldn't tell me. That makes sense though, so thank you !

septemberpie Thu 27-Sep-12 20:36:56

They do seem quite varied in difficulty and agree about the rhythm being good for developing fluency even in able readers.

My dd brought home 2 purple band books this week which are vastly different - one had words like Pocahontas and Excalibur in it, the other was totally straightforward!

airedailleurs Fri 28-Sep-12 10:31:07

lol we have just got the Fox in Sox from the library and it is REALLY hard to read aloud. I would say that it's pretty hard to classify into a book band really but is still a very worthwhile read if only to show what fun you can have with words in terms of rhyming and alliteration.

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