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
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 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 computer’-game like graphic I feel would particularly appeal to boys especially. 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.
Special thanks to the author, Steven Lawrence, for generously providing me with a free copy.