the vowel family: a tale of lost letters

Summary:

Pm Smth and Sm Vwl knew something was missing in their family. When Alan and Ellen were born, it began to make sense. They could at least begin to understand each other. Then Otto went missing and things got very confusing. It took Aunt Cyndy's skills as a police officer (and a reader) to figure it out.

Educational Themes:
Use this book to talk about how language works. Make it fun by using the absence of vowels to create code. The author has a great set of consonant sequences in the front cover and invites you to create as many words as you can.
Reading Level:
3.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 10
Age of child:
Read with child who is almost 7 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is an enjoyable, humorous story. There are great spelling and vocabulary moments, but the presentation may leave some frustrated.
Little Kid Reaction

About a third of the way through the book, she asked us to stop. She got very frustrated trying to listen and follow along. Our daughter loves to read and loves playing with words, so her reaction was a bit of a surprise.

Big Kid Reaction

Dad was happy to close the book; he didn't like it at all. Although he got the point, he found the reading incredibly tedious. Mom likes the story and took her turn at reading it, but she too eventually tired of all the wordplay and having to explain what the words were meant to be not only in the text, but within the illustrations, too.

Pros:

Kids who enjoy word play will laugh at this story about what happens when words are missing vowels.

Cons:

You will need patience and a sense of humor to work through the book. The focus on trying to read the "words" and having to explain that the Vowel family member has to be on the page to make the words work takes away from the value of the story.


Title The Vowel Family: A Tale Of Lost Letters
About
Author Sally M. Walker
Publisher Carolrhoda Books, Imprint Lerner Publishing Group © 2008
Illustrators Kevin Luthardt
ISBN 9780822579823
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Picture Book, Humor, Literacy Concepts
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