learn to spell and read, happily

The Wizard of Why is loving the reading right now. It’s so cute. He gets so excited when he sees a word on the street that he knows. He loves asking me “why does that say —-” and then getting my crazy reaction of “WHAT!? You can read that?!” He’s a long way from reading his own books, but the process is so amazingly fun to watch. And just thinking about the whole world that opens up when you start to be able to read…I’m just so excited for him!

Title: Happy Endings: A Story About Suffixes
Author: Robin Pulver
Illustrator: Lynn Rowe Reed
Genre: Picture Book
Ages: 4 – 8

I found this book at the library recently and we loved it. It’s definitely for a slightly older crowd (I believe it was written with spelling, not reading in mind), but since he’s into looking at words right now it was perfect for him. It emphasizes suffixes, word endings, which you wouldn’t think made for a fun book, but it does. The story is fun: a class of kids are about to go for summer vacation but first they need to complete the last lesson of the year on suffixes. This proves more difficult when the suffixes hear the teacher say the class is going to “tackle” them after lunch and they go into hiding.

The illustrations are bright and fun and the whole book is written with the suffixes bolded and colored:

He pointed at the board The he stared. “Good grief,” he said. “This is the craziest year of my teaching life! No summer vacation until the words endings are found! Seriously!”

I highly recommend this book for kids learning to read and older kids learning to spell!

6 Comments to “learn to spell and read, happily”

  1. My four year old is also in that exciting stage where she is reading words all around her and pointing out letters and parts of words she knows. It’s such an awesome thing to see your kid learning and so proud. I totally get the “lightbulb turning on” analogy now, don’t you? somedays it almost makes me want to homeschool… almost.

  2. Oh that sounds perfect for my six year old. Cheers Wendy!

  3. How is it that your experiences at the library bear so much more fruit than mine? Do you have an amazing library or am I just a bad harvester? Thank you for introducing me to some really great books (The Perfect Square, One and now this) which seem to be exactly the books I’m looking for at the moment you introduce them to me. Heading off to our local branch now! Cheers, Wendy!

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