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Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters Paperback – July 5, 2013
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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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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.
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.
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.
One of the biggest reasons why I like tales written for this age group so much is that they almost always rhyme. There is something extra special about reading this sort of thing aloud and hearing the echo of certain syllables from one stanza to the next. Occasionally the humor in the rhymes surprised me due how nicely they fit in with the illustrations. Some of them were quite creative and not at all what I was expecting to see associated with those particular letters.
The children’s introduction was a bit too lengthy for the age group for which it was intended. It was well-written, but I don’t know many toddlers or preschoolers whose attention span is long enough to sit through so many instructions about what they’re about to experience. The information in it could have easily been included in the introduction for adults instead.
Speaking of the illustrations, they were well done. Their clean, simple lines worked well with the subject matter. The use of bright, primary colors was a good choice. My eyes were especially drawn to the letters that relied heavy on the use of blue and yellow to show where they were located or what they were doing. They kept my attention long after I’d read the stanzas on those pages.
Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters was a fun read. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a storybook on this topic.
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