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The old woman who lived in a shoe

First Reading Level 2
The old woman who lived in a shoe

  • A story based on the classic nursery rhyme for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence structures.
  • It’s no fun living in a shoe when you have as many children as this old woman. She needs to find a bigger home – and fast.
  • Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
  • Includes several pages of reading-related puzzles.

Hardback with ribbon marker:

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Extra information

Age: 4+

Lexile Measure: 190L

Hardback with ribbon marker:
ISBN: 9780746096550
32 pages
196 x 130mm

Illustrator: Joelle Dreidemy

Russell Punter

Russell Punter was born in Bedfordshire, England. From an early age he enjoyed writing and illustrating his own stories. He later trained as a graphic designer at art college in West Sussex before entering publishing. Since then, he has written over fifty books for children, including original fiction in both picture book and young reader formats.

Russell Punter

Press reviews

This charming retelling of the classic nursery rhyme retains the rhyming text and incorporates children from a variety of cultures. The simplistic illustrations by Joelle Dreidemy also work very effectively to support the flow of the story. A set of puzzles at the end of the book adds an interactive element that deepens the children's learning and makes this a splendid example of the Usborne First Reading series.
Leicestershire County Council recommended Key Stage 1 Fiction Books

Reader reviews

Best book in the whole wide world, and we love it.β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’–πŸ’ (Danyah is 5years old)

Danyah, 14th January 2017


  • Usborne Reading Programme
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