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Adventures on the American Frontier Series: Dyslexia Versions
This collection of illustrated books introduces children to some of the people who helped to shape America, many of whom never get mentioned in traditional history textbooks. They contain a variety of modifications for children with reading disorders, including a special font and an audio component, giving children a rich and rewarding way to get over the reading hump while learning about the pioneers, explorers, and adventurers who helped to form the United States.
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In This Series
An American History Series for Children with Dyslexia and Other Visual Processing Problems
The Adventures on the American Frontier series is a collection of books that introduce children to some of the people who helped to shape America, many of whom never get mentioned in traditional history textbooks.
These illustrated books contain a variety of modifications for children with reading disorders. They are published in a special dyslexia-friendly font (called OpenDyslexia), with short lines and generous space between the lines. Each spread of two pages contains a QR code that will allow readers to hear a lively reading of the text so that they can follow along. Varying between the third- and eighth-grade reading levels, the books offer children a rich and rewarding way to get over the reading hump while learning about the pioneers, explorers, and adventurers who helped to form the United States.
There are fifteen sets of books in this series, each one comprised of its own small series of anywhere from two to ten books. Although the books in each small series are numbered in sequence, each title also works as a standalone book, allowing readers the opportunity to select single titles of interest or the entire set, which is offered at a reduced price over purchasing each part independently. Note, however, that important terms are defined or explained in the first place they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making reading the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic (or for adults who are embarking on new learning journeys with the children).
Each small series is derived from a single novel of the same name. The novels are printed in a standard font with a typical formatting style and no audio feature for readers who do not wish to have these special editions but who want to enjoy the stories, too. (See below.)
“…I think modern readers will find that this series does a great job of both relating the stories so that children learn a great deal of history and including the contributions and tribulations of Native Americans.
“…The series is great for reading aloud with children across a wide age range, probably starting the series with children around age eight. I enjoyed reading the books as an adult, and I found myself learning about events of which I’d never heard. So reading the books aloud with the whole family can be worthwhile….
“…Each of the fifteen books is also available as part of Royal Fireworks Press’s Dyslexia Series. These versions of the Adventures on the American Frontier books have been carefully designed to be easier to read for those who struggle with dyslexia…. While the regular series books are the size of half a page, the Dyslexia Series books are the size of a full page. The large, sans-serif font used for the text in the Dyslexia Series should be easier to decipher. Lines are double spaced to make it easier for readers to keep their place. In addition, about every other page has a QR code that you can scan to quickly pull up an audio reading of those pages. This allows struggling readers to listen as they follow along in their book.
“The selection of stories and their themed arrangement makes this series a great supplement for the study of American history rather than your core resource. And children might like to read the books purely for their own enjoyment rather than as assigned reading.” – Cathy Duffy Reviews (click here to read the full review)