I still remember how much hard work it was for my kids to learn to read, with all the painfully slow sounding-out of words one-by-one. It sometimes seems that kids are so busy trying to figure out what the letters say that they can’t even concentrate on the story.
Want to spice up their learning-to-read time and make things a lot more fun? Check out this latest book from Amy Krouse Rosenthal that is part book, part game, and totally clever.
Each page features colorful illustrations with a couple of word bubbles that mix words and numbers in delightfully silly ways. The book clearly borrows a lot from William Steig’s ’68 classic C D B! which used letters instead of numbers to tell a story — in fact, the authors acknowledge as much in the book.
Keep in mind that this isn’t really a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Instead, each two-page spread includes a “wumbered” sentence or two along with an illustration. I imagine that this makes it a bit more manageable for very early readers who may not be able to tackle a full story book on their own.
I found that some explanation was needed for a couple of “wumbers,” as in the “Flying 10ies” caption, considering “tennies” isn’t really used much anymore in our parts.
But overall, Wumbers does make the sometimes-chore of sounding out words a lot more fun, even for those of us who are 4midable readers in10t on forging out book time on our own.
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