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review 2019-01-02 04:47
Twisted, Fun and even Educational
P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever - Raj Haldar,Chris Carpenter

One of the first books printed in the American colonies was The New England Primer, filled with catchy lines like "In Adam's Fall / We Sinned All."

 

Since that time, many alphabet-type books have been published in the same -- or similar -- vein. One of the latest is P Is for Pterodactyl, which carries the subtitle, The Worst Alphabet Book Ever which doesn't seem that complimentary, but when it includes lines like:

" is for Jai Alai.

or

" is for Ewe."

or even

U is not for You.

and maybe you start to think there's a little truth in advertising.

 

It's actually an amusing book with some examples of the oddities and vagaries of English spelling/pronunciation that will stick with you. I'm not crazy about some of the selections (V's a good example), but by and large, I really liked each "for" that the authors selected.

The artwork is great -- it compliments the text well and will help keep shorter attention spans focused.

 

For everyone who enjoyed BNL's "Crazy ABC's", this Picture Book entertains as well as educates. I'm not sure how well it'd work for the 7-and-under crowd, but for older elementary kids -- and adults who just want a chuckle, this book will be just the ticket. I had a fun time reading it -- as did my whole family. Unlike most of the picture books I post about here, you'll note tat this one doesn't carry any kind of disclaimer -- I bought this one after seeing a couple of pieces about it online, and am glad I did. I imagine you will be, too.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/01/01/p-is-for-pterodactyl-the-worst-alphabet-book-ever-by-raj-haldar-chris-carpenter-maria-beddia-twisted-fun-and-even-educational
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review 2018-09-10 05:52
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

Some silly lowercase letters get into some trouble when all letters from a-z climb up a coconut tree. The book has vibrant illustrations of lowercase and capital letters. Students are encouraged to practice their recognition skills as the book is read. A fun activity for letter recognition is to have a cut out of the coconut tree and have students place the letters on the tree as the book is read. The students could also practice beginning sequencing by remembering what order the letters went up and came down from the tree.

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review 2018-09-10 02:19
I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

Ever since I was in Elementary School, this has been a classic fun book to read in the classroom. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of those books that has it’s own little beat as it’s read. As a child, I would beg my mother to read this book to me because she was so good at giving each letter a different voice as well as reading with the beat. A guaranteed win with any classroom during shared reading! This is a fun book to begin the year out with in Kindergarten to help with learning all the letters of the alphabet. Also a fun book for beginner readers to feel confident reading since there is a continuous phrase repeated through the book. 

 

Lexile Level: AD53OL

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review 2018-09-09 20:42
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is such fun book for young readers to be exposed to the letters of the alphabet. The students stay engaged as they see if all of the letters will fit at the top of the coconut tree. One fun extension activity could be to make a large tree and display it on the white board or bulletin board with the title "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Look Who's In Our Room" and allow students to come and spell their names with pre-cut letters. 

 

Lexile level: 530L

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review 2018-09-09 16:53
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is the fun story of all the letters that climb up the coconut tree. As each letter climbs up the tree, there is less and less room. Eventually all the letters come tumbling out of the tree.

 

This book would be great to use with Kindergarteners that are working on their letters. The teacher could begin by reading through the story once. Then the teach could post a coconut tree on the board and give each student an uppercase and a lowercase letter. As the teacher reads the book again, the student with the lowercase letter that is read must put the letter up on the coconut tree. As the letters fall down, the student that has the uppercase letter that is read must come get the lowercase letter that matches from the coconut tree.

 

Lexile Level AD530L

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