P is for Pterodactyl – Raj Haldar & Chris Carpenter

Illustrated by Maria Tina Beddia

Stars: ****

There’s always words which don’t fit the rules and sounds we teach – and this book includes some of the wacky examples we have in the English language. We see words which sound different to how they’re spelt, include silent letters and even some which might cause some debate between accents and pronunciation!

It goes from A – Z and each page is accompanied by some interesting illustrations!

I loved the funny illustrations which accompanied each page. They were bright, fun and definitely provided a jumping off point for discussion. You can match words to objects and ideas within them, which helps understanding, as well as make inferences about what else might be contained and why.

There were some Americanisms, but I didn’t mind this at all. It makes it all the more interesting to discuss! Why does ‘herb’ belong in this book? I think it helps provoke discussions about accents and dialects which I know my class would find really interesting.

You could get whole SPAG and English lessons out of this text!

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