Three monkey stories with a real sense of fun, perfect for children learing to read. It's Jani's first day at school and she's nervous. Will the other monkeys be friendly? Will they all stare at her? Jani is in a wheelchair, and this makes her different. But, thanks to her sense of cheekiness, she makes friends and has a very nice first day at school indeed. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 1 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for new readers who are beginning to read simple stories with help. It features: short, simple sentences; familiar, repeated words; big, clear type; 1-5 lines per page; and, bright, fun pictures to help talk about the story. All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Green.
Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand but she grew up in London. She has lived in many parts of the world, including Ethiopia, Malaysia, Iraq and Lebanon. She has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Book Prize several times. She has won the Children's Book Award and the Smarties Prize. She lives in south-west London with her husband. Jungle School is Roz Davison's first book. She works as a Project Facilitator and an advocate for two disability organisations. She lives on the Wirral. David Sims is an up-and-coming illustrator who has written for several children's publishers, inclluding Bloomsbury, Barefoot Books, Campbell and Egmont's Reading Ladder series. Series consultant Nikki Gamble is the director of Just Imagine, a specialist resource and training centre for Primary English. She is Associate Consultant at the University of London, Institute of Education.