Sunday, February 10, 2013

"Alphabet Anatomy" by Linda Jones & Illustrated by Branson Jones (Review & Giveaway)

ISBN:  9781460200476
I remember all five of my children learning to say and identify their letters and learning to write them.  I'd sit down with them and speak of little things that might help make it fun for them such as the "M has two peaks pointing up like the tops of two mountains."  Well, Linda Jones has taken the joyful task of teaching children the letters by creatively giving personality, shape, rhyme, and meaning to each letter.

With each letter, it takes on a personality which is brought out in the rhyme and in the identifying words such as snake, sleek, slinky for the letter "S." As the child is being read this rhyme, he can repeat all these "S" words with emphasis on the s-s-s-s sound.  This helps him to develop listening and thinking skills because he hears the sound, repeats the sound, and thinks about the context of the rhyme and the picture on the page.

Look at the "T" page and the "T" words that go along with it.  "T" stands tall, too.  We want our capital "T" to go all the way to the top of the space between the lines so he stands tall.
T stands tall hauling timber on top of his head.
He’s building a tree house and painting it red.
T – Timber
I really love the "B" page.  When introducing "B" we get a little lesson in the letter itself, and the words that begin with "B"; but most fun of all, we get to see where "B" gets his belly.  Its a bit of a "health" lesson tossed in for good measure.

Linda Jones is the mother of 4 sons and her son Branson is  the illustrator of her book.  Jones has a passion for helping children learn their letters, learn to read, and become life-long learners. She has a very nice website that tells lots about the alphabet and her interest in helping children read.  There will soon be coloring pages that you will be able to download for free. But right now, Mom can find lots of information to help her help her kiddies with letters, reading, phonetics, etc. 

 And to help a child with his or her capital letters, the author is providing a copy for one of Chat With Vera's readers.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below (please be patient as it loads. GIVEAWAY begins February 10 and ends February 25 at 12:01 a.m. EST. Open to USA addresses only. 
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About the author:  Linda was born in Albany, New York, moved to Arizona after high school graduation, and 3 years later met a handsome firefighter; together they have 4 very talented sons now ages 17 to 27. She began writing poetry in 1994, much of which was published and sold in the scrapbooking market, with popular titles such as “Forever My Little Boy,” “Forever My Little Girl,” and “Miracle of Love.” Alphabet Anatomy is her first published children’s book series.  Linda’s favorite days are when all the boys are back home together, including the 2 family dogs, Zorro and Rocco, who joyfully add to the noise and chaos. She knows these words to be true: “Time sneaks up and ticks away the precious moments of each day. Before we know it, years have passed; my child will grow up way too fast…”
DISCLOSURE:  The author provided a complimentary copy to me in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. The giveaway copy is also provided by the author and will be mailed by the author directly to the winner.

44 comments:

  1. I learned about how to use stories of rhyme to teach little ones to learn how to write letters. Andm that writing and reading are the most important thing for them to learn to be successful in school and later through their life. Give the letters names. Maxie

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  2. Linda is going to publish Our Coloring Book next. Maxie
    mac262(at0me(dot)com

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  3. The letter C likes cats so much that she wants to build a cat compound and give each cat a corduroy comforter. Nice!

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  4. Meet the Lower Case Letters (coming soon)

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  5. I love the letter C because I love cats and cozy corduroy comforter's.
    Linda will be publishing "Our Coloring Book".
    I would love to win this book to add to our collection in the church library.
    We have mother's who homeschool their children and this book would help them get off to a great start.

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  6. I found it interesting how Alphabet Anatomy uses words that you don't normally find in children's books such as commendable and complimentary. Would be a great learning to read resource!

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  7. Next book is a printable coloring book

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  8. Linda is going to publish Our Coloring Book next

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  9. I learned that you can make learning letters more interesting with unique pictures

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  10. Thank you Vera for a wonderful book review. My little G is just starting to recognise her numbers at 19 months so letters are next to tackle, lol. This book sounds delightful and her son is the illustrator, wow.
    I will check out her site today, and thank you for linking it in to the kidlit blog hop. Cheers Julie Grasso

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  11. Meet the lower case letters

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  12. the next book she is publishing is a coloring book

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  13. Coming soon - They have selected some of their favorite letters and put them together in a coloring book you can download and print.

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  14. next book to publish: Coloring Book - Print & Enjoy
    Teaching With Letters
    FREE Audio Book

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  15. I learned that Alphabet Anatomy‘s fun rhyming verses would be a fun way for my grandson to learn.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  16. Next Project:Coloring Book - Print & Enjoy Teaching With Letters
    FREE Audio Book.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  17. I learned that the author's son illustrated the book. How cool. ml_mcafee@yahoo.com

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  18. Meet the Lowercase Letters will be next. ml_mcafee@yahoo.com

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  19. I love that it shows the anatomy of each letter and how you write it!
    kimberlysummer40@aol.com

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  20. The Next book to publish: Coloring Book - Print & Enjoy
    Teaching With Letters
    FREE Audio Book

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  21. I REALLY like the concept of this book. I just wish it had been out when I started teaching my middle child his letters. He is an "outside the box" learner. For his sight words and letters, I had to create "pictures" with them for him to get it. It was hard coming up with them and I would have loved to have this then. I really like that Ms. Jones is coming out with a FREE coloring book to use with this book, and a FREE audio story also.

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  22. The next book that Linda is rolling out is a coloring book with some of the characters from the book in it. AWESOME! And it will be free!

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  23. that life behind the letters is filled with alliteration which reinforces letter sounds....

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  24. It is my E--Eccentric and energetic, she regularly exhibits extravagant embellishments upon her person and enjoys the attention she seems to elicit everywhere. She is especially fond of emeralds. Her extra extremity enables her to complete tasks in an exceptionally expedient manner. As such, she emphasizes her unique and effortless ability to extend a helping hand whenever needed. Each year, she endeavors to expand her renowned Easter egg extravaganza, and her enthusiasm is quite entertaining.

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  25. TheSavySue(at)yahoo(dot)com Linda Jones plans to publish Coloring Book - Print & Enjoy
    Teaching With Letters
    FREE Audio Book next

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  26. TheSavySue(at)yahoo(dot)com I learned the letter T buils tree houses!

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  27. Stopping by as part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop. It looks like a really cute book with great illustrations. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  28. I learned that the author has 4 sons.(Corey Olomon)

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  29. Her next book is Meet the Lower Case Letters (Corey Olomon)

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  30. The story includes each letter’s special talents, characteristics, and desires

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  31. Meet the Lower Case Letters is coming soon

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  32. I found out that c takes care of cats :)

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  33. Alphabet Anatomy is available on Amazon too.
    maggietucker10 at yahoo dot com

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  34. Fabulous book - LOVE IT! I find the idea behind it very clever and the illustrations are so adorable. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Tweeting...

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  35. I learned that Reading and writing fluently are the most critical skills that every child must acquire to progress through school.

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  36. Each letter has its own personality! How cute :)
    Nichole2577 at aol dot com

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  37. Thank you, Vera, for the wonderful book review on "Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Lower Case Letters." And thank you to all of your fans for taking the time to look at our website and post comments. I really appreciate it so very much and I truly hope that Alphabet Anatomy will make a difference for your children on their reading and writing journey. Many blessings to all of you!!

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