When my first daughter started school, I was told at the end of the first term that she was a 'funny little thing' and 'was not ready for reading'.
It felt as though I was being told my daughter was mentally deficient - which she certainly was not.
I immediately bought a 'Janet and John' reading book (swiftly followed by several others in the series) and taugher her to read. By the time school resumed after the long summer holiday, she was an excellent reader. By the time she was seven years old she could read from The Daily Telegraph (which is the one you recommend). Her sister followed in her footsteps exactly the same way.
It just requires a little patience on the part of the parent. This, in my opinion, makes all the difference.
Thanks for the article, it was great.