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Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters Paperback – July 5, 2013
About the Author
Linda Jones was born in Albany, New York, and currently resides in Arizona with her husband and 4 talented sons. She is committed to helping improve early childhood literacy so that all children are assured of a successful future and equipped with the ability to make their dreams come true.
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Alphabet Anatomy is unlike any other alphabet book I've seen. The illustrations and verses are so fun and engaging. This book presents a fabulous and very effective method for preschoolers to learn their letters, plus children will reap all the additional benefits of rhyming.
Original Review - I thought the book was cute but as I read it to my toddlers some words seemed to be complicated for a children's book like "gait". Also X is not for Excited. Weird that that's the only letter where the word doesn't actually start with the letter. I probably won't read this book to my kids again.
With each letter, it takes on a personality which is brought out in the rhyme and in the identifying words such as snake, sleek, slinky for the letter "S." As the child is being read this rhyme, he can repeat all these "S" words with emphasis on the s-s-s-s sound. This helps him to develop listening and thinking skills because he hears the sound, repeats the sound, and thinks about the context of the rhyme and the picture on the page.
Look at the "T" page and the "T" words that go along with it. "T" stands tall, too. We want our capital "T" to go all the way to the top of the space between the lines so he stands tall.
T stands tall hauling timber on top of his head.
He's building a tree house and painting it red.
T - Timber
I really love the "B" page. When introducing "B" we get a little lesson in the letter itself, and the words that begin with "B"; but most fun of all, we get to see where "B" gets his belly. Its a bit of a "health" lesson tossed in for good measure.
Linda Jones is the mother of 4 sons and her son Branson is the illustrator of her book. Jones has a passion for helping children learn their letters, learn to read, and become life-long learners. She has a very nice website that tells lots about the alphabet and her interest in helping children read. There will soon be coloring pages that you will be able to download for free. But right now, Mom can find lots of information to help her help her kiddies with letters, reading, phonetics, etc. Be sure you check it out. CLICK HERE.
DISCLOSURE: The author provided a complimentary copy to me in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
I remember back long ago when I was in first grade and there was this poster that hung on the wall in my classroom. I used to love to stare at that poster and make up different stories about it each day. What was the poster you asked? It was the letters of the alphabet made to look like people. I loved it! I still think back to it and know that it was a very helpful for me to become as enthralled with learning as I am even now.
This book brings back those wonderful memories and helps establish that same attitude with my kids as I had when I was younger. It is so much fun to personify objects ( in this case the basis for our language) into lovable characters we can relate to and laugh at; but most importantly enjoy and learn from.
If the illustrations weren't enough, this book also has rhyming. And I am a firm believer in the fact it is easier to learn anything as long as it is in a enjoyable rhyme.
The only gripe I had was some of the words were a little hard to understand from a child's standpoint. Deft, gait, and some other words that may have been a little advanced for my four year old. (Actually, my older kids asked what deft meant too) This isn't necessarily a bad thing; I just mention it because my children asked what these words mean.
Other than that we loved the book and are looking forward to Meeting the Lower Case Letters when that book comes out. We give it four stars!!!
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