Purchased this set for my five year old son who loved the stories. These books are good for a beginning reader book but not very educational. They are hard cover but paper quality is poor and transparent.
Julia C - Parent - Member Since September 2016
Nov 01, 2016
My 7 year old son really enjoyed these stories. He doesn't usually "enjoy" reading out loud to me, but as soon as he finished Blue, he went and got Bus and started it without having to be prompted. I agree with some of the others that the grammar in these books isn't great, but, I like that he is seeing that he can enjoy reading.
Joni P - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since November 2015
Jul 26, 2016
Even though I would not say that these books are good for learning to read per se, they are fun to read. They are engaging for kids and parents alike. My 7 year old son really likes the Life of Fred series. After buying this set, we just bought the second set of readers and Life of Fred: Dogs. Eventually, I plan to buy set #3 and the second set of elementary math books. I'm planning on keeping all of our Life of Fred books for the younger siblings and beyond. Love that they are quality hardcover copies. My only complaint is that the author does not always use complete sentences.
Kayla C - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since June 2016
Well worth the investment!
Jun 02, 2016
We tried out these books recently and have fallen in love with them. Our oldest will be 6 soon and was struggling with confidence in her reading abilities. She honestly just didn't even want to try. These books helped coax her back into the wonderful world of reading by taking her mind off of the task at hand. They're silly and fun while also being educational. Love Life of Fred!
Emily V - Homeschooler, Parent, Super-hero - Member Since May 2016
May 24, 2016
I wish I could add a half star, but, I can't...
If I was basing my review solely on the quality of the book, and not the content inside, I would give these books 5 stars. The quality of the physical book is impeccable. Library quality.
It's the content that I'm not as impressed with. The grammar is pretty awful, as is the transition between chapters. When the goal of these books is to aid a younger ageset with reading, it is frustrating that the 11yr older sibling is able to call out all of the grammatical errors in the book. Example, singular vs. plural usage.
In addition, the transitions from chapter to chapter are at times disorientingly disjointed. One transition makes sense, the others you need to read 3-5 pages before you make the connection between chapters.
Finally, there are charmingly simple illustrations, and then there are genuinely crude illustrations, these books contain mostly the latter... The singular hand drawn characters are endearing, but once they are combined with mixed media (photographs, clip-art) the images themselves become very pixelated, jarring and incohesive. Even the 5yr old began to complain about the "too many types of pictures!" In the book.
In conclusion, while we think the books are amusing, it's more from the POV that the grammar and imagery just didn't mesh, and that was comical (for the adults), but still not quite what we were looking for in terms of bridging the gap between kindergarten and first grade.
The Life of Fred contains fun stories about a child prodigy math genius your students can follow along as he gives real-world examples of everything from math to language arts. In the Life of Fred Elementary Math Series, your students will learn everything from telling time, division, beginning algebra, and more!
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