Perfect preparation for starting school, this fun book helps children develop pen control and practise essential pre-reading and reading skills taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The engaging activities and friendly animals help build confidence in letter, sound and word recognition. There are things to spot and draw on every page and pictures and letters to trace over with the special pen. The first part of the book focuses on pre-reading activities and then moves on to matching letters and words. Parents' notes suggest how to support children's learning at home, and a useful fold-out alphabet guide at the back of the book can be left open as they do the activities. There's also information about Usborne Quicklinks.