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Summary: You just never know what the animals will do as you listen to their story and move from letter to letter. This is a poetic alphabet book that draws attention to a letter's use IN a word, just not at the beginning.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Age of Child: Read with 4½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler loved this book. The antics were humorous and there were questions to be answered.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a terrific alphabet book. It may not be the first one you introduce, but it is a must after your child has learned and can recognize their letters.
Pros: The poetry is engaging, using the letters IN words not just highlighting initial sounds adds dimension, complexity, and value to this book.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! The format is such that it offers complexity that will be valuable to pre-readers, early readers, and even those struggling with reading. At 2.99 it's a STEAL!
Educational Themes: This one is pretty straightforward: letters and letter sounds. For pre-readers and early readers, there is additional value in learning to recognize the letters in capital and lower-case forms.
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