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CHATTER BATTER; FOUR STORIES FOR SPEECH DEVELOPMENT

Author: Cindy Judd

Illustrator: Jed Judd and Shawn Barlow

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Publisher: AuthorHouse,

Material: paperback

Summary: Explore the fanciful worlds of Laurie the Ladybug, Richard and Rosco (a rhino and a raven), and Thing-a-ma-Jig and Thing-a-ma-Bob. Then go to the Secret City of Snails. In each place you'll practice your reading and letter sounds. This is a book that heps children recognize and practice phonics. It comes with a CD.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 5 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 6

Reading Level: 0.5

Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child loves Laurie and Thing-a-ma-Jig and Thing-a-ma-Bob. We were reading these stories over and over for a week. S/He loved the activities at the end of each story.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a very creative presentation of letter sounds and phonics. The author includes helpful factual details and resources for parents. We particularly like the natural story-telling presentation. They are complete well-crafted stories, not alliterative poetry!

Pros: The book offers great stories, regardless of speech abilities. They present the use of letter sounds L, R, S, TH in anaturalstorytelling style.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Your child (regardless of speech level) will enjoy these stories.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Ernest and Mudge series LAVI THE LION FINDS HIS PRIDE   THE BEST PLACE TO READ   THE TRAIN TO TIMBUCTOO (Golden Books Family Story Time, Number 4)

Educational Themes: On the surface, this is a book to help children with pronunciation for four often-mispronounced or delayed letter sounds (L, R, S, TH). However, within each story there are lessons for the main characters.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, literacy, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2007

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