Silent Letters Loud and Clear

 Silent Letters Loud and Clear
 by Robin Pulver 
illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed

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Silent Letters Loud and Clear

Silent Letters Loud and Clear
The 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

the 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, Kirkus Reviews said "Pulver and Reed have once again managed to craft a book so clever and fun that both teachers and students alike will be enthralled."  And School Library Journal said "Pulver and Reed tackle another grammar lesson with humorous examples and whimsical illustrations."  

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Book Details

Reading Statistics

Interest Level:  Gr. 1-3       DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level:  age 4-8     Lexile Measure: n/a

Topics Covered  
silent letters (Language Arts)

Awards & Rating
Average Customer Rating:5 stars (3 reviews)
Silent Letters Loud and Clear

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!

Silent Letters Loud and Clear

Silent Letters Loud and Clear

Silent Letters Loud and Clear

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