One Sentence Storybooks is a series of 10 very short books that build a story one line at a time. Think super simple, like BOB books, for the growing reader to gain confidence in reading.
The first page is usually one or two words, the second page builds off of it to include those 1-2 words and add another line with a few more words. The third page follows suit and the fourth page finishes the story. The last page in the book is a vocabulary list of the words in the book.
One of my favorite things about this series is that I caught my 4-yr old daughter reading these to her 2-yr old brother. They are incredibly easy for beginning readers.
However, I didn’t like the oversimplifying of the stories. For instance, my least favorite storybook is “David and the Giant”. I thought it would be about David trusting God with Goliath but instead it simply illustrated this:
hit the lion
and the bear
and the giant.”
That was the extent of it, with pictures of David and his sling throwing rocks at a lion, a bear, and a giant. Because it’s so watered down and simplified, we have to skip this storybook so as to deny my kids permission (from what they are reading) to go hitting everyone and everything. Yes, I know, my parenting trumps whatever is read; however, I think it’s a terrible premise to a product for the betterment of early readers & reading comprehension.
Just because they are easy readers based loosely on the Bible doesn’t mean they are a quality product that I would want to endorse wholeheartedly.
If you are looking for a very easy reader, this is a good product. If you also want something that trains them with God’s Word, this is not a good product. I tend to want the latter because we have the BOB books and others which increase confidence in my kids’ ability to read short stories so I’m not impressed with this series in the least.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.