The Red Hen Chapter Book (Paperback)

Systematic Decodable Books for Phonics Readers and Folks with a Dyslexic Learning Style

By Pamela Brookes

Dog on a Log Books, 9781949471175, 44pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2017

List Price: 5.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Finally, a delightful book series that helps kids learn phonics rules step by step. Fun and engaging books designed for anyone learning to read with phonics, especially learners with dyslexia. Start anywhere in the series, according to your child's reading level.

"Jan, do you want to get a hen?"
Mom says.
"Yes I do," Jan says. "Can she be
a big red hen?"

Sight Words:
a, are, be, could, do, does, eggs, for, from, go, goes, has, have, her, here, I, is, like, likes, nest, of, say, says, see, she, the, they, to, want, wants, we, what, would, you, your

Approximately 1,020 total words

This is a Step 2 Chapter book.

The DOG ON A LOG Books series are for phonics readers and folks with a dyslexic learning style. They are Decodable books which means a learner who has been taught the phonics rules and the limited sight words in that book can sound them out and read them. The words used reflect the inclusion of 1 to 3 new phonics rules in each step. There are five books at each step.

The chapter books are written in a chapter format with one picture in most chapters. They are longer, have more detail, and sometimes offer more complexity than the Let's GO Books. They're great for practicing known and newly introduced phonics rules. They're also just fun reading.

DOG ON A LOG Let's GO Books are shorter versions of DOG ON A LOG Chapter books. Let's GO books tell the same stories with about 8 pictures and only a few sentences per page. They're perfect as an introduction to the new phonics rules or simply for fun reading for younger kids.

Please note: The language in decodable books may sound awkward compared to normal speech and writing. The more limited the phonics and vocabulary, the more awkward it may seem. For example, in Step 1 books there is no suffix -s and especially no -ed. This makes writing verbs particularly awkward and unusual. The upside is this encourages students to read through each word and decode every word on every page.

DOG ON A LOG Phonics Progression

Step 1

  • Consonants, primary sounds
  • Short vowels
  • Digraphs: ch, sh, th, wh, ck
  • 2 and 3 sound words
  • Possessive 's

Step 2

  • Bonus letters (f, l,'s, z after short vowel)
  • "all"
  • -s suffix

Step 3

  • ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk

Step 4

  • Consonant Blends to make 4 sound words
  • 3 and 4 sound words ending in -lk, -sk

Step 5

  • Digraph blends -nch to make 3 and 4 sound words
  • Silent e, including "-ke"

Step 6

  • ild, old, olt, ind, ost

Step 7

  • 5 sounds in a closed syllable word plus suffix -s (crunch, slumps)
  • 3 letter blends and up to 6 sounds in a closed syllable word (script, spring)

Step 8

  • Two syllable words with 2 closed syllables, not blends (sunset, chicken, unlock)

Paperbacks have black and white images. The books are optimized for learners with dyslexia. They have cream colored paper and 22 point Verdana font. Research has shown Verdana is one of the most dyslexia-friendly fonts