A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Within an unconventional alphabet-book structure, P Is for Pterodactyl introduces kids to words that have silent letters, word origins and spelling, and homonyms. It also shows how different letters can make the same sounds, as on the "W is for Wren" page: "The wren wrapped the rabbit's gift in red, but forgot to write a note."
English is a fun language -- but some "wacky words" can be confusing, tricky, and "nearly impossible to pronounces," with "letters thant misbehave."
Positive Role Models
People from different lands and cultures, and people of color, are pictured in the illustrations.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that P Is for Pterodactyl shows kids lots of English words that are hard to spell (or pronounce) because they begin with silent letters, like pterodactyl, aisle, knight, and knot, or have silent letters in them. It also gets into words that come from languages other than English, like gnocci and tsunami, and plays with homonyms like sea and see. Every page has a fun, cartoon-like illustration and sentence below it that help kids understand the meaning and context of the words. P Is for Pterodactyl is a word lover's delight and an almost mandatory read-aloud. Includes a glossary at the back.
Is It Any Good?
This unconventional alphabet book makes a great read aloud and will open kids' minds to the crazy world of words and spelling. Reading P is for Pterodactyl aloud is a must for younger kids, given amusing but complex sentences like: "The tsunami washed away all of Tchaikovsky's chintzy tchotchkes," which appears below a cartoon-like illustration of a giant wave about to crash on the classical composer and his piano. A fun twist on the alphabet book structure is having some entires that tell readers what a letter is not for, as in "U is not for You," and Y is not for Why."
Amid all the humor, wordplay and silliness, there's solid, brain-teasing information about words and how they're spelled. It a delight from start to finish, especially for word lovers and their offspring. But many words (like euphoric and eulogy) and sentences are challenging and may require grown-up assistance/explanation. There's also is a handy glossary at the back.
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