I’ll be starting preschool with my daughter this fall so ABC books are on my radar.
My daughter loves all kinds of books. It doesn’t matter if it’s an ABC book, a number book, one of her brother’s readers, or a picture book. She’ll even page through cookbooks and the dictionary! She was excited when we received S is for Smiling Sunrise by WordsBright to review. We also received a copy of the teacher’s guide that accompanies the book and can be downloaded for free from their website.
S is for Smiling Sunrise
S is for Smiling Sunrise is a hardcover picture book that teaches the ABC’s through rhymes, illustration, and positive values. It’s geared towards preschoolers, kindergartners, and early readers. In addition to the book, we were given a CD featuring an audio of the entire book that children can sing along to. The MP3 version of the CD is available for download.
In the teacher’s guide, I found teaching suggestions for every letter of the alphabet with ideas on how to enhance the learning enjoyment of the child. Each letter of the alphabet comes with a key concept suggestion, questions, new vocabulary, and hands-on activities.
For example, with the letter F, the teacher can explain the concept that flowers invite people to pause or take a break from their busy lives. Flowers help people feel peaceful and happy.
You can ask questions such as…
- Do you like flowers? Why?
- Do you think flowers are beautiful?
- What is another nice thing about flowers?
- Can you name some flowers?
- How do you feel when you look at a flower?
Some vocabulary words that might be new to the child include words like:
Lastly, for a hands-on activity, you are encouraged to take your child outside to examine and identify different flowers you may find around your home, park, or school.
Thoughts and Usage
I’ve read this book to my daughter several times. She loves this book! She’s also read the book along to the CD all by herself. I thought she might have trouble knowing when to turn the page, but no. She knew exactly when to turn the page and could keep up with the CD just fine.
I read this book to my daughter a couple times, and then she wanted to “read” it to me! When she read, she would say the letter and then she would say whatever stood out most in the illustration on that page. For example, she did pretty well on the first couple pages saying, “A is for art” and “B is for butterfly”. However, when she got to the third page, she said “C is for paint” instead of “C is for color”. Similarly, for other letters like N and O she would say, “N is for river” and “O is for fish”, rather than “N is for nature” and “O is for ocean”.
I found that as I continued to read this book to her, however, she changed and began to learn the correct word for each letter. So, although I was concerned at first that this book was not going to be very beneficial, as we stuck with it, I found she was learning the new vocabulary.
I did have some difficulty reading some of the verses and getting them to rhyme. It wasn’t an easy flowing read for me. We played the CD and I have to say that I didn’t care much for it either. The song didn’t flow very well, it was a bit uncomfortable, and the rhyming just didn’t seem to come together with the tune. I also wasn’t very taken with the graphics.
That said, my daughter loves this book. She doesn’t have a thing against it. She loves it when I read it to her and she loves to read it along with the CD as well. She enjoys the illustrations and the colors on each page.
- Sturdy hardcover book
- Full color pages
- Child can read along with the CD independantly
- Clipart type graphics
- New words can be confusing
- Sing along song can be burdensome for the parent to listen to
Overall, if you are looking for a book with a new take on the ABC’s, this might be a good one to add to your library. The added teaching suggestions in the teacher’s guide may even make this a fun little alphabet study for your little one.