Last week, I took my preschooler to the library and she picked A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef Czekaj off the new books shelf. She seems to be drawn to alphabet books. I'm so glad she found this one! It is a great book for many reasons. First, it's fun. It's all about the letter X, who is exasperated about being at the end of the alphabet. He's also extremely mad that more words don't start with X. So he complains to the other letters until letter E says "Enough!" and tells them they can have a vote to determine if they should create a new alphabet. M loves the story and has been wanting me to read it almost every night this week.
What I, as a parent love is the fact that in among the fun story, X and the other letters talk about all sorts of rules related to the alphabet. S makes words plural, but sometimes E is needed too. I comes before E except after C. V can't end a word; it has to be followed by E. K is silent before N, and W is silent before R. You get the picture. There are many more rules covered in this book. It's a wonderful learning resource in the style of a graphic novel. I'm going to recommend it to my son's first grade teacher as I think it would be a great way to get kids interested in spelling rules. If you're a homeschooler, definitely consider it as part of your lesson on spelling rules as well!
My Rating: 5/5
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This review was written based on a copy of A Call for a New Alphabet that I borrowed from the library.