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Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2020
I would love to like this book! The repetitive tracing activities, the word practices in the back - those are terrific.

But the picture word associations in the front half of the book that are intended to help the child learn which letter they’re practicing are 100% unhelpful to young learners.

In fact, they likely disrupt their learning by making it MORE DIFFICULT to associate the letter to the picture it’s paired with, or are even potentially setting their learning back.

“Biplane” for the letter B?? My 5- year old (naturally and not-surprisingly) thought it was a “plane” or “airplane”. I would never (NEVER) have guessed it was a “b” word.

“Ice Breaker” for the letter “I” was paired with a picture of a boat - and that’s just one of FOUR pictures of boats in the book. (“Kayak”, “liner“, and “walking boat“ are also supposed to help kids learn letters.) What even is an “ice breaker” anyway? Apparently it’s some sort of boat - who knew? Not my 5-year old, that’s for sure. And the book is supposed to be appropriate for ages 3+.

I’m sure the book’s creator is well-meaning, but it seems they were more interested in following some sort of transportation theme with the letter / picture - word associations, than actually helping children learn the letters. Either that or the only 3-year olds they’re hanging out with are vehicle fans too and would know that “old plane” is an “o” word when paired with yet another picture of a plane.

Seriously. The publisher should recall this book and update it so it’s actually appropriate for young learners and doesn’t hinder their ability to learn to spell, for sure. It actually feels irresponsible to leave it this way.

Definitely NOT recommended for kids who can’t already read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended for kids who can’t already read
By Amy B. on August 31, 2020
I would love to like this book! The repetitive tracing activities, the word practices in the back - those are terrific.

But the picture word associations in the front half of the book that are intended to help the child learn which letter they’re practicing are 100% unhelpful to young learners.

In fact, they likely disrupt their learning by making it MORE DIFFICULT to associate the letter to the picture it’s paired with, or are even potentially setting their learning back.

“Biplane” for the letter B?? My 5- year old (naturally and not-surprisingly) thought it was a “plane” or “airplane”. I would never (NEVER) have guessed it was a “b” word.

“Ice Breaker” for the letter “I” was paired with a picture of a boat - and that’s just one of FOUR pictures of boats in the book. (“Kayak”, “liner“, and “walking boat“ are also supposed to help kids learn letters.) What even is an “ice breaker” anyway? Apparently it’s some sort of boat - who knew? Not my 5-year old, that’s for sure. And the book is supposed to be appropriate for ages 3+.

I’m sure the book’s creator is well-meaning, but it seems they were more interested in following some sort of transportation theme with the letter / picture - word associations, than actually helping children learn the letters. Either that or the only 3-year olds they’re hanging out with are vehicle fans too and would know that “old plane” is an “o” word when paired with yet another picture of a plane.

Seriously. The publisher should recall this book and update it so it’s actually appropriate for young learners and doesn’t hinder their ability to learn to spell, for sure. It actually feels irresponsible to leave it this way.

Definitely NOT recommended for kids who can’t already read.
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