The Consonant and the Vowel – A Tale of Two Letters: Book Review

The Consonant and the Vowel: A Tale of Two Letters. A journey of letters wanting to make words. Miss Jenny's Classroom Words can not exist without both consonants and vowels…But what if they can’t find each other? What if The Forest of Empty Pages can not be conquered?

Title: The Consonant and the Vowel
Author: Steven Lawrence
Illustrator: Steven Lawrence
ISBN: 9781548989194          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: courage, alphabet, word patterns

What’s it about?
This book follows the story of a village of consonants that can’t make any words – and a village of vowels that can’t make any words. Both villages know they need the other type of letter to make words but don’t know where to find them because there’s a scary paper forest separating the two villages. One day a brave little “u” called Upton and a courageous “s” called Stella each decide it’s time to enter The Forest of Empty Pages and discover some over-enthusiastic arrows to help lead the way.

The illustrations are bright and colourful with fantastic expressions. The size and the presentation of the illustrations really helps to convey the journey feeling and support the text. The story has a clear beginning, middle, and end. The font size – OMG – yes! I can read it without my glasses.

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The Consonant and the Vowel: A Tale of Two Letters by Steven Lawrence. Follow the letters on an adventure to become more than what they are - to become words. My Thoughts
The first thing I noticed about this book was the modern, almost computer game like illustrations. They’re bright, cute, friendly – really appealing – especially to children as I found out. Upon seeing this book (and before I had a chance to even look at it) my 3 year old daughter declared it was hers to read first. She spent a good half hour looking through the book and pointing out the letters she already knows before finally allowing me to read it to her. Her declaration was: “I really like that book”.

Now admittedly my daughter is a bit young to be the target audience for this book which is must better suited to school-aged children in the lower-primary years (Foundation to grade 2) although I see it working well with students who attend a literacy-intervention program as well.

“The story is well thought out and planned and shows children just why we need vowels and consonants to make words.”

The computer-game like graphics I feel would particularly appeal to boys especially and other disengaged learners. The story is well thought out and planned and shows children just why we need vowels and consonants to make words – I once taught a boy who wrote everything without vowels and while after a while you learnt to read it I really pushed the vowel knowledge for my own sanity (this book would have been a help back then!).

Anyway, the journey of Upton and Stella leads them both through the Forest until words are finally made. Literacy lessons would definitely benefit from this book and I do recommend adding it to your teacher (or homeschooling) library.

Steven Lawrence - website of the author behind The Consonant and the Vowel: A Tale of Two Letters - perfect for literacy!

Special thanks to the author, Steven Lawrence, for generously providing me with a free copy.


  1. March 18, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Oh wow! This looks like an amazing book. I’ll have to check it out for the younger ones.

  2. ronkeadeyemi
    March 18, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Sounds like a great read.

  3. March 18, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Sounds like a fun and educational book! My niece might find this useful in a year or two.

  4. March 18, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    I like the concept of the story! I imagine the graphics are bright and colourful, sounds like a fantastic educational book for children! Sim x

  5. March 18, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Love educational books and my little girl loves learning her letters, so I will have to look into getting this. Definitely going to show her the little YouTube video you shared, right up her street!

  6. March 18, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    What a really great idea for a book. Sounds like a really fun way of helping children to learn about vowels and consonants. I think my four year old would love this xx

  7. March 18, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    Oh this looks great and perfect for children! My girls would really enjoy this and find it so useful too!

  8. lukeosaurusandme
    March 19, 2018 / 8:34 am

    This sounds great and very clever. We have a few alphabet themed books and they’re massive hits with Luke who is 4 & in Year R.

  9. katykicker
    March 19, 2018 / 10:57 am

    This sounds like a lovely read! I’m in the process of trying to teach my daughter the alphabet (She’s almost 2!)

  10. March 19, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Sounds like a good book. Love the eye catching design 🙂

  11. March 19, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I love this idea! What a fab way of getting children to understand vowels and consonants.

  12. March 19, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    This looks like a great book, I can see why it would appeal to children and encourage them to start recognising letters (like your 3-year old did) long before they are actually putting the sounds together. The graphics look brilliant.

  13. Mudpie Fridays
    March 19, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I cam imagine the characters and cartoons would really appeal to Monkey. Sounds like a perfect one to add to my list of resources x

  14. March 20, 2018 / 7:55 am

    What a fun way to teach children about their letters! It sounds like a great learning resource.

  15. March 20, 2018 / 10:15 am

    I enjoyed watching the author’s video of this book. It clearly shows how the story has been constructed and I’m sure that a lot of parents of young children learning to read will love sharing it with their little ones.

  16. March 20, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    What a fab idea for a book. Love how the story will teach little ones about the letters. I’ll have to get it for my eldest x

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