I love a good book, you may have picked up on that from previous posts. So when we had the chance to review a book called S is for Smiling Sunrise from WordsBright, I jumped at the opportunity. I seriously love books….(I keep telling you that, remember?!)…
Along with the book, we were blessed to be given the ABC song made from the book as well as a Teaching Guide.
The Book, The MP3, and the Teacher’s Guide
This is a wonderful full color hard bound book that will delight you and your listeners. The glossy cover shows off the vibrant images and tickles my fancy in anticipation of what is inside! The quality of the images is so worth the anticipation it caused. The bright colors are so attention grabbing for me, I know that the kids will feel the same way.
Once we got the book to review, I asked my daughter Ana, she is 9 years old, to read it out loud to me. The word flow and the rhyming made for an adorable read aloud. She said she thought that the pictures were cute and she liked that each page was for a letter and that the rhyme matched the picture.
When I sat and read it to my younger son Joseph, he is 7 years old, he enjoyed the beautiful pictures. He sat captivated after I finished reading. He willingly sat and flipped through the book again, commenting on various pictures. I believe he was quite interested in the book!
As I read to him I was pleased to see the positive ideas that were being talked about. These are a nice change from some of the books that can be found for children in today’s libraries.
Here are a few positive ideas I came across in the book:
- learning the difference between being good and being bad
- identifying the beauty in the world
- seeing the amazing creations
- learning about emotions
- learning the difference between inner and outer beauty
- learning to listen (to birds and other creatures)
- learning about weather
The MP3 has the sweetest song. This is the book essentially put to music! It is lovely to listen to this as we are out and about. The kids are all learning it rather quickly, and yes, I am too!
The Teaching Guide that we received along with the book and the MP3 is a excellent additional resource that WordsBright offers for free. The Guide is set up into four sections for each letter of the alphabet.
- The Concept – the idea behind the rhyme used
- The Questions – these are to assist in “digging deeper” into the concept
- Vocabulary – more words to strengthen the youngsters budding word base
- Activity – a suggestion that relates tot he word used in the rhyme
The Teaching Guide is well laid out and it was so much fun to tack on these suggests to our reading the book. The activities suggested were fun and most were easily done at home. There were suggestions for creating ones own artwork, going outside to collect specimens (there were a lot of outside ideas, which was a great thing for us!), create basic jewelry, and so much more!
The main thing about this Teaching Guide is the extra amount of time that you will be able to spend with your child, that is evident to me as I visited the guide over and over again. The value of one on one time is highly pronounced and I for one think it was wonderful.
My Opinion and Thoughts
This is a beautiful and eye appealing book. It teaches important lessons to little ones (and to the older ones as well). It is fun and in my mind, absolutely created in love. It is purely a work from the author’s heart and we are glad that we were able to enjoy a piece of educational learning in such a sweet package. This book has now been added to our bookcase for us to read time and time again.
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In His Grace.