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Grade 1–3—As in Punctuation Takes a Vacation (2003) and Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day (2006, both Holiday House), Pulver and Rowe tackle another grammar lesson with humorous examples and whimsical illustrations. The students in Mr. Wright's class have decided that they have had enough of silent letters; they can't be heard and they make spelling too tough. After listening to their complaints, their teacher urges them to email the local newspaper to demand the banning of silent letters. When the letters find out, they decide to escape from the missive and teach the class a lesson. The editors of the newspaper respond with an editorial criticizing the children's "poor" spelling, whereupon the letters reappear to convince the youngsters of their importance and that practice will make the children better spellers. The acrylic cartoon art floats in mid-air against a vivid blue background, yet the usage depicted in each example is clearly matched with the speech each letter is trying to make. This topic could have easily resulted in a didactic lesson, but the story line and examples of silent letters or letter pairs appearing in everyday words lighten the presentation.—Lynne Mattern, Robert Seaman School, Jericho, NY
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*"Pulver and Reed have once again managed to craft a book so clever and fun that both teachers and students alike will be enthralled." (Krikus Reviews (starred review)) --Kirkus Reviews

"Pulver and Reed tackle another grammar lesson with humorous examples and whimsical illustrations." (School Library Journal) --School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823423093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823423095
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My daughter gets a good chuckle from this book and quickly grasped the concept of how silent letters impact the pronunciation and spelling of a word. As an added bonus, the teacher in the book tells the children it's hard to learn about silent letters and mistakes are to be expected. It is very encouraging. This book should be a staple in the elementary school classroom.
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A fun book about teaching silent letters. The kids in Mr. Wright's class are at it again. They get tired of silent letters and write to the local newspaper decrying their use. The paper prints the letter minus silent letters and a firestorm develops. People have trouble reading the letter, and people begin complaining about the quality of the school and Mr. Wright's teaching ability. It all turns out alright in the end.
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Lynn Rowe Reed illustrates Silent Letters Loud and Clear, a grammar book for new and experienced spellers who struggle with the concept of silent letters. Each letter receives a bright fun illustration and clear explanation in this easy and entertaining reader.
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My son is a little bit older, but has been struggling with "Sight" words. I bought this book to help my son understand some of the rules he was having trouble applying.

After 1 month of reading this book every day, I am happy to report his spelling and grades are improving. He is now reading it to his younger cousins to help them. This book is simple and easy to follow. It is silly, so it does not feel like learning. I would recommend reading it often with your child so that it becomes second nature, especially if they are struggling. It is a great book for children learning to read because it sets the expectation to memorize certain rules rather than rely on phonetics.
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This is a good book for the classroom. This can be a hard thing for students to understand and this book makes it fun!
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Robin Pulver is amazing! I love her series of Punctuation Takes a Vacation, Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Trip and now Silent Letters Loud and Clear. My students love the humorous pictures and really grasp the grammar and punctuation concepts which she describes. Great for opening units and intriguing interests, as well as providing examples throughout the learning lessons!
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After Mr. Wright's class complains that "silent letters are a pain," and sends a letter to the newspaper suggesting that "silent letters should be banned," the silent letters stage a walkout! Kids don't have to know they're learning something -- this book is just fun!
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Shared this recently with 2nd grade supported readers. One little man said," Wow, I didn't know there were that many silent letters!" Since the silent letters show up as outlines , easy for kids to get a greater sense of how many of these appear in our language.
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