Masha and the firebird!
Masha's mother sells eggs at market, and Masha loves to paint their smooth shells. One day, deep in the forest, Masha meets the magical Firebird, guardian of the eggs of the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. The Firebird asks Masha to paint its eggs so that they blend with the elements, hiding them from the vicious witch, Baba Yaga. At first, the plan works well, but Baba Yaga finally gets her hands on the last egg, and Masha sets off on an amazing journey to find it.
This poetic tale features the Firebird's magical poem in English and Russian, along with suggestions to inspire children to paint their own eggs.
Hercules - The worlds strongest man!
This is a brand new retelling of the action-packed story of Heracles as he completes his most famous set of challenges: the Twelve Tasks! It is a new title in 'Young Reading Series Two', part of the Usborne Reading Programme. Aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories.
This is a definite KS1 text! What other tasks could Hercules have to face? Perhaps your class could use this as inspiration for a (unlucky for some) 13th task!
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