Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Alphabet from Z to A (with much confusion on the way) by: Judith Viorst - Picture Book
I picked this book from the library initially because I thought it was unique that it went from Z to A instead of the other way around. The concepts that Judith Viorst is presenting is way to complicated for preschoolers, which ABC books are typically for. Each letter has it's own page and includes illustrations that has hidden objects; but the best part of this book are the homophones, silent letters, and other pronunciation abnormalities. For instance, "T is for TAXI and TACKS, TRAY, and TRACE, TWO, TOO, TO. This Isn't the worst. T's for TURKEY, But back in the dinosaur days lived a bird Named - help! - PTERODACTYL. What in the world makes folks do this?" This example has the silent letter; this book is full of tricks and abnormalities. At first I did not like this book, but the more I look at it, I think it would be a great book to demonstrate homophones and silent letters.