Editorial Review

Children's Literature (Marilyn Courtot)

The books that constitute the ‘Sound Box’ library are attractively packaged with colorful illustrations on crisp white pages. The series has been designed and written to teach phonics and words that have the appropriate sounds. The format is the same for each letter of the alphabet and includes blends as well as short and long vowels. The opening and closing pages are filled with the featured letter; the title page shows a young child with objects that start with the featured letter sound. Some of the stories are better than others but the premise is the same. The little boy in this story collects monkeys and mice but they don’t want to share the box; eventually they meet a moose who helps out and they all take a ride on the merry-go-round, and so on. The final pages recap all of the words for the featured letter in the story, introduce new words and when appropriate, if there is another sound associated with the letter, pages introduce those words.

—Marilyn Courtot

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