"Teaching phonics is recognised educationally as an essential part of the teaching of reading and writing. Each book in this new series has a strong, identifiable phonic focus which is set within the context of a story to ensure that reading for meaning is retained. Popular and familiar characters from the Macmillan English Explorers series can be found, along with the introduction of new contexts and characters. Detailed Teacher's Notes show how to focus on letters and sounds to support pronunciation, reading and spelling. Perfect for use alongside the existing Macmillan English Explorers reading scheme to add further depth and context, or as a stand-alone phonics reading scheme."