Alphabet Anatomy Meet the Capital Letters, written by Linda Ann Jones and illustrated by Branson Jones and Toby Mikle, is a new release for kids’ ages 3 to 6. Alphabet Anatomy is about learning the letters of the alphabet by fully understanding their shapes, names, sounds, and how they are written.
Appropriately titled, Alphabet Anatomy gives a detailed description of the ‘anatomy’ of each letter of the alphabet. For example, in describing the letter M author Linda Jones writes: “M is 2 mountains high with points at the top, and sliding down M, you might never stop! M - Mountains” With creative aptitude for capturing a child’s imagination, Jones’ detailed descriptions of the letters will help kids to visualize the letters’ basic shapes and structures through the use of metaphors of nature and people, therefore giving the letters three dimensional existence and personality. In other words, kids will always remember that the letter M is like two mountains side by side with pointy peaks and that M is for mountain!
Alphabet Anatomy is like a technical manual for writing the letters of the alphabet and can be used in pre-school and kindergarten classrooms as a learning tool. Teachers and parents can use this book to teach phonic awareness, letter identification, and early writing skills to help kids understand the basic structure of letter formation. It’s fun too when you read the book aloud while demonstrating the technique. This verbal/visual approach is very effective for early learners!
The book is also written in poetry form and it delicately describes each letter’s unique attribute with rhyming verses, thereby making the letter forms memorable for kids. The illustrations, done by the author’s son Branson, and later enhanced by illustrator Toby Mikle, are simplistic, child-like and they lend to the atmosphere of the letters existing as a fun community.
Alphabet Anatomy is kid-friendly and delightful. It’s a fun book, but while having fun, the book will help ground your preschooler in basic letter writing and letter identification!
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