"Finding Things" is part of Project X's discovery cluster, a set of five books with a common theme of discovery and finding things. This book is book band 7, turquoise, and corresponds with Oxford Reading Tree level 7. The approximate age level given for this cluster is 6 - 7, but the age at which children master reading varies greatly. According to the Reading Chest this book bands is suitable for : "Children can read complex sentences fairly fluently, taking note of punctuation. They use expression and do not rely on illustrations to help them". Looking at government information sites, I get a similar description, although some will mention that illustration are used for meaning less - and I would agree with this. My son will still use illustrations to help guess a complex word if needed, but not frequently. i would recommend this book for children who are able to read most commonly used words with confidence, are able to read a number of two and three syllable words, and can use phonics and other strategies to decipher unfamiliar words. This book builds on the vocabulary established by earlier books in this series, but even so will have a fair number of unfamiliar words for most 6-7 year olds. These include "colossal" and " Tutankhamen". Other familiar, but complex words include scientist, jewelry, and Tyrannosaurus Rex.
This book begins with two children on the beach, discovering various forms of marine life. The next two pages introduce us to paleontologist Sue Henderickson and her discovery of a T-Rex skeleton. Other pages show underwater treasures; the colossal squid, a 14 metre long creature once thought to be the stuff of legends; the King Tut treasures; the Titanic and space exploration. Each short story conveys the sense of excitement and the joy of discovery as adventurers seek out their own discoveries. The exception to this is the colossal squid, brought up on a fishing line by commercial fishermen.
At the end of this book there is a glossary and an index, and parents are encouraged to help children make use of both. There is also a section with a few questions for parents to ask their child about the story, which ensures the child understands what they have read. Finally activities are suggested such as hiding things for the children to find and asking children to describe objects, telling what the item looks like, what they think it might be used for, and guessing at the age. This could be a very fun activity in a classroom, asking each child to bring in the most unusual object they can find.
My son, age 6 quite liked this book. It excited his interest for subjects like archaeology and paleontology. In fact he thinks he would might like to be a paleontologist someday, but he was equally excited by the idea of underwater exploration for sunken treasure. As for me, I absolutely love this book and the entire series. These books make boys want to read, and we all know a child learns so much faster and easier when it is a subject that genuinely interests them. These books capture the imaginations of boys. Like many other books in this series we spent hours online learning more about subjects mentioned in the book. My son may never find his dinosaur fossils or sunken treasure. But this book, and others in the series have certainly led him to discover the joy of reading.
I can not recommend this book highly enough for teachers and strongly believe this should be in every primary school. I would also recommend this to any parent trying to help their child learn to read, or just looking for suitable books to encourage their children to spend more time reading. It is strongly recommended that children have a wide variety of reading material to choose from in the home, including both fiction and non fiction. It can be difficult finding non fiction books that boys really want to read though. This book is certainly one I think most boys would appreciate. While the series was created to bring up reading scores in boys, I think it would appeal to a great many girls as well.
This book currently sells for £5.00 on Amazon
Book Series: Project X