Author(s): Sara Wernham
The first (red) level of Jolly Readers uses words with the basic letter sounds in Jolly Phonics, and not the alternative spelling of the digraphs (so ai in snail, but not ay as in day, or a-e as in gate). These alternative spellings will be introduced in a later level. The Jolly Readers use controlled vocabulary so children can read words from their knowledge of the letter sounds in Jolly Phonics. Only a few essential tricky words are used, and these are shown at the back of each book. The Jolly Readers have engaging and lively stories which children enjoy. The problem of heavily controlled vocabulary ('cat sat on the mat') is overcome by the much wider use of words available with digraphs, such as splash, paint, look, and trail.