This is the twentieth of thirty-one readers used in the Veritas Press Phonics Museum program, designed for first grade. Can you tell from the sample section what phonics elements are being practiced?
Inside he beheld a girl on a stool.
"Who are you? The spy asked."
"I am Sue Woo, but you need to shoo!"
With a big boom the door blew shut behind the spy.
Then they heard a cruel man say, "Yoo-hoo! I have you, Mr. Spy!"
The art for this story is inspired by—and lifts elements directly from—Soviet posters of the 1920's and 1930's. Two of the most famous artists to produce these posters, that so visually represent the USSR, are the Stenberg brothers.
Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg were prominent members of a group in Russia of artist-engineers who were attracted to the functional arts by political ideology. They rejected fine arts as useless in a new Communist society. Instead they preferred "art for use" in the service of the state. Advertising was now the highest good for the new society. The Stenberg brothers produced a large body of work in many mediums, initially achieving fame as Constructivist sculptors. Yet their most significant accomplishments were in the field of graphic design, specifically, the posters they created for the new cinema. These works were revolutionary with respect to the history of design. The Stenberg's numerous innovations—rethinking of the content, the introduction of implied movement, the use of bold typography and color, the distortion of scale and perspective—were all later investigated and built on by other designers and movements.
As for the story, any likeness to any fictional characters with whom you may be familiar is not necessarily coincidental.
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