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Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter Hardcover – August 27, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399047
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3–Once Beatrice figures out how to spell, she doesn't want to stop. With the support of her grandma, she spells everywhere and anywhere. Around town she spends her time correcting the myriad spelling errors she finds. At school she tries to start a spelling club, but her friends aren't interested. A disheartened Beatrice stops spelling for a whole week, until she comes up with a clever plan. She turns the class Show and Tell into Show and Spell, and then tells the class about her pet T-A-R-A-N-T-U-L-A Rose. Show and Spell takes the school by storm and soon Beatrice and her friends are spelling anywhere, at any time, and correcting errors together. Beatrice then writes a letter to Nanny Hannah, thanking her for giving her the spelling bug. This wordy picture book will introduce children not only to the joys of spelling but also to words like “lulu” and “crackerjack.” Potter's folk-arty illustrations depict the story's action and emotion well, but feel a little dated. This book will find a ready audience among the spelling crowd and might encourage others to join them.–Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Beatrice doesn’t think she’s ever going to learn to spell her name correctly, but once that’s accomplished, she’s off and running. She spells, and she spells well. Beatrice goes around town correcting misspelled signs, but when she tries to get her classmates to join a spelling club, all she hears is a big N-O. Then, an idea. She turns show-and-tell into show-and-spell. When she brings her T-A-R-A-N-T-U-L-A to class, she spells out all its characteristics. Now this sounds like fun to the class, and soon all the kids are joining in. This latest collaboration between Best and Potter features a smart, sympathetic heroine and her stalwart, spelling-loving grandmother who has encouraged her “spelling Bea” throughout her word-filled journey. The letter mentioned in the title is the one Bea writes to Nanny Hannah at the end of the book, thanking her: “Some people get hazel eyes . . . or orange sweaters from their grandmas. Thank you for giving me spelling.” Sturdy illustrations, full of action (and words), appear alongside a story that appeals to both heart and mind, making this S-W-E-L-L. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

Cari Best grew up in New York City in an extended European family dominated by confident, beautiful women who loved to talk. As a result, she became more comfortable with the written word as opposed to the one spoken.

A graduate of the City University of New York, she also received a Master's Degree in Library Science from Drexel University, landing a job as the first librarian at the newly built headquarters of the International Reading Association in Newark, Delaware. She served as Editorial Director at a film company for 18 years while raising three children, numerous dogs and seeing the world.

Many of Cari Best's picture books depict real life problems and joys that children encounter: disappointment, shyness, bullying, learning to ride a bike, bake a pie, celebrate a loved one's special day - and show a realistic and satisfying outcome in each case, creating a sense of hope and accomplishment.

Cari Best lives in Connecticut where she walks, gardens, laughs and reads a lot.

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This book was purchased as a gift for our 5 year old granddaughter and she loves it!! The book arrived in a timely manner and in excellent condition. We are very pleased with it.
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Beatrice really want to learn to write letters. The first step in the letter writing is learning to spell the words you want to write in the letters. Her grandmother teachers her to spell and she loves it. She wants everyone to like spelling as much as she does but it doesn't quite work out that way until the end of the book.

The best part of the book for our family was the illustrations. They seemed quaint and old fashioned.
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By R. Faruqi on October 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
love this story, as a former 2nd grade teacher, wish this had been out when I was teaching! also loved the tender relationship beatrice and her grandmother shared. made me miss my grandmother who taught me so much as well.
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