Early Readers: Pirate Adventures!

By , February 26, 2009 9:26 pm

In my never ending quest for good early readers, I recently stumbled upon this “treasure” for pirate-loving boys: Treasure Island – Easy Reader Classics Series.  I bought the first two of the set of four for my 6 year-old son who was in need of some interesting reading material.

My son is currently at that awkward, in-between phase of reading acquisition. Even the most advanced Bob Books and other phonics-style readers are too easy and boring, but full-on chapter books are a bit too hard and could lead to frustration.

This Treasure Island series seemed to be just the ticket. Each book is part of an ultra-simplified and abridged version of the classic adventure tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. They describe the adventures of a boy named Jim who, after finding an old treasure map, winds up on a ship in search of the lost treasure. Of course Jim must outwit the pirates who are also seeking the treasure. Is this not the dream of many young boys out there?

My son LOVED the first two books so much (he read them immediately one after the other), that I had to get online right away and order the last two. I am not exaggerating when I say that he was literally counting the days until his books arrived. When they did, he ripped open the box and devoured them both right away.  Any book that has that sort of effect on my new-reader son gets my 5 star recommendation!!

There are other Easy Reader Classics series too: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Jungle Book, The Story of Doctor Dolittle, and The Wind in the Willows. We’ll definitely be trying another set soon.

Reading Level Facts:

  • Each book is 32 pages long and is divided into four chapters so young readers can feel that they are reading a true “chapter book.”
  • The type is fairly large and there are just a few sentences on each page which is a perfect layout for short, young attention spans.
  • There are many large, colorful illustrations that I actually found to be somewhat mediocre in quality, but my son didn’t seem to mind.


11 Responses to “Early Readers: Pirate Adventures!”

  1. These look great! Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation!!! I’ve been trying to decide what to get for my 6 year old and this looks like it would be great! Thanks again!

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  3. Summer says:

    Oh, thank you so much for sharing these! My oldest is working through reading like a steam engine and pretty soon he’ll be in the same boat your son is in. I’ve been looking ahead for some good books to put aside.

  4. Kristin says:

    Those look fantastic!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. :) You can’t beat the price either!

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  5. Tina says:

    Thanks for this recommendation! My 6yo son is at a similar position in his reading, and while he brings home good books from school, it’s nice to have something new and different to tempt him as well at home.

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  6. Jane says:

    These look great. I know my son will love them!

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  7. Cindy says:

    Fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Rana says:

    Thank you I love your site. I have been looking for something to get my son interested in reading on his own and he loves this story and anything to do with pirates. I ordered them tonite on Amazon. Thanks again!!

  9. Kate says:

    Wow, this is perfect! Exactly what I’m looking for–books for my 5-year-old who recently taught herself to read and LOVES it, but I am having a hard time finding books that fit her level but aren’t completely inane or based on commercial tv characters. Thank you, I’m going to explore your site some more!

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  10. These are great “in the car” books. Short enough to read on a 20 min. drive to grandma’s house independently. Thanks for the suggestion.

  11. Brittany says:

    Thank you for the great suggestion! My 5yo and I perused the options online and elected to purchase the Tom Sawyer set.

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