Silent Letters Loud and Clear

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From the creators of Punctuation Takes a Vacation and Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day comes another dynamic grammar book that will appeal to spellers. Wretched . . . dumb . . . a pain! Mr. Wright's class is through with silent letters. The students can't hear them. They make spelling too tricky. Should silent letters be banned forever?

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Overview

From the creators of Punctuation Takes a Vacation and Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day comes another dynamic grammar book that will appeal to spellers. Wretched . . . dumb . . . a pain! Mr. Wright's class is through with silent letters. The students can't hear them. They make spelling too tricky. Should silent letters be banned forever?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3- As in Punctuation Takes a Vacation (2003) and Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day (2006, both Holiday House), Pulver and Rowe tackle another grammar lesson with humorous examples and whimsical illustrations. The students in Mr. Wright's class have decided that they have had enough of silent letters; they can't be heard and they make spelling too tough. After listening to their complaints, their teacher urges them to email the local newspaper to demand the banning of silent letters. When the letters find out, they decide to escape from the missive and teach the class a lesson. The editors of the newspaper respond with an editorial criticizing the children's "poor" spelling, whereupon the letters reappear to convince the youngsters of their importance and that practice will make the children better spellers. The acrylic cartoon art floats in mid-air against a vivid blue background, yet the usage depicted in each example is clearly matched with the speech each letter is trying to make. This topic could have easily resulted in a didactic lesson, but the story line and examples of silent letters or letter pairs appearing in everyday words lighten the presentation.-Lynne Mattern, Robert Seaman School, Jericho, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Pulver and Reed have once again managed to craft a book so clever and fun that both teachers and students alike will be enthralled (Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, 2006, etc.). Even though the silent letters never make a fuss or complain, Mr. Wright's class still does not appreciate them. In fact, the students have had it with silent letters and the difficulty they cause in spelling lessons. They express their opinion in a perfectly typed letter to the editor, but just before they hit send, the dumbfounded silent letters sneak out and hide. Chaos ensues, but then the silent letters parade out of the closet, finally to get the credit they deserve. Within the text itself, silent letters are highlighted whenever they appear. Reed combines acrylic paint with collage to maximum effect: Each of the silent letters has a personality all its own, while her cartoon stick figures convey all the emotion and energy needed to carry the story. Knuckle down and purchase this book or teachers will make your lives wretched. (Picture book. 4-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823421275
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 788,360
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Pulver lives in upstate New York. Punctuation Takes a Vacation received a starred review in School Library Journal, and was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Lynn Rowe Reed lives in Indiana. Booklist called Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day "high-energy activity", and School Library Journal exclaimed that "this book is where the action is."

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Love it!

    The author uses a funny way to let the kids understand how important the silent letters are. When I read the book with my kids, I couldn't help laughing. It was really funny, but it also let us realize why we couldn't skip the silent letters. My kids also love this story! We laughed together when we read this book.

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