Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 1 books introduce children to the letters of the alphabet and their sounds, using bright and engaging illustrations. Two letters on each page, with a familiar item illustrating each letter. This book introduces children to the Arabic letters and combinations that are formed and pronounced in special way, including taa' marbuta, hamza and alif maqsura. Special characters are shown in their joined and separate forms, and are highlighted on each example word.