Letters Loud and Clear by
illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed
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Letters Loud and Clear
students in Mr.
Wright's class are frustrated with silent letters. ("...Silent letters
are a pain. Silent letters make spelling too
hard...") So, when Mr. Wright suggests they write a letter to the local
newspaper recommending silent letters be banned, the students jump on
the idea. But when
letters find out that they are not wanted, they jump out of the
letter and go hide in the closet. The result is a letter that makes no
sense, and a reply from the newspaper editor that questions why the
students have such poor spelling. The class is humiliated. What will
they do now?
This is such an adorable
and fun book, and communicates the importance
of silent letters quite effectively. Your students will feel bad for
the poor, unwanted silent letters, and cheer their triumphant return to
Mr. Wright's classroom. This title would be best with students who have
already been introduced to what silent letters are, as
the book doesn't
teach what silent letters are but rather why they are important even
though they sometimes make spelling harder.
This book received positive reviews, and we agree! In a starred review,
"Pulver and Reed have once again managed to craft a book so clever and
fun that both teachers and students alike will be enthralled."
Library Journal said "Pulver and Reed tackle another
grammar lesson with humorous examples
and whimsical illustrations."
Reading Statistics Interest
Level: Gr. 1-3 DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level: age 4-8 Lexile Measure:
letters (Language Arts)
& Rating Average
Customer Rating: (3 reviews)
Peek Inside Here
are some interior pages from inside this book. In the spread, Mr.
Wright is encouraging the children to study for their upcoming spelling
test and to remember those silent letters. The other image is from a
spread where the students admit that they think "silent letters are a
pain" and wish they would just go away. Unfortunately, the silent
letters hear them and leave---and chaos ensues!
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