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In addition to the ham-handed telling of the story, the writing in these Bullseye books is just terrible. Half-sentences. Written like this. Or this. Part of the value of such books is that young readers will learn to read "chapter books." But the English and grammar in these books is so abysmal as to render them useless for this task. I was very disappointed.
It is hard to believe a book this poorly written could make past the editors! There were so many run-on and incomplete sentences I had trouble reading it to my daughter. I can only imagine what my second grade daughter went through reading on her own. We will keep this book if only to serve as an example of how NOT to construct sentences. There is a year's worth of grammar exercises in this book.
This is an overly simplistic and poorly written introduction to the Arthur legend. If there weren't many better presentations of these tales for young readers, there might be an excuse for such a substandard rendering. Unless you want your kids to think that writing sentence fragments is preferable to constructing clear complex sentences, you might want to stay away from the entire "Bullseye Step Into Classic" series.
I purchased this book for my 7 year old daughter to read, but after paging through it I ended up reading it out loud, editing as I read. Throughout the entire book there are grammatical errors, to include, mainly, incomplete sentences, and poor punctuation. I am trying to teach my children how to read and write properly. I certainly do not want them reading something like this and thinking this is correct! Here is an example from the text, pg. 10. "To fight with a sword and spear and dagger." Our children need a better example of proper writing than this! I wonder if it was ever proofed before being published?
The theme of these stories is probably more appropriate for an older child. There was betrayal, killings. My 6 year old loved the Sword in the Stone so I wanted to get some other King Arthur stories, I just didn't realize how much violence would be in this book. She's too sensitive for these issues, but it might be fine for others.