Can U Save the Day?
B is an awfully boastful bloke and when he and the rest of the alphabet get together, he can't help but tease the vowels about their small numbers. So the vowels begin to take off, one by one. The consonants--and the rest of the farm--see just how important vowels really are. With disaster looming and B seeing the error of his ways, can U save the day and set the alphabet right again?
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|ATOS Reading Level|
|Guided Reading Level||M|
|Publisher||Sleeping Bear Press|
|Available Formats||Hardcover (9781585364046), PDF (9781534146280), Hosted ebook (9781534146624)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||11 x 9|
School Library Journal - Can U Save the Day Review
It’s consonants vs. vowels in Stocker’s debut picture book. The letter B brags, “There are 5 vowels in your group/but 21 in our grand troop./I’m a more important letter. Consonants are so…/much…/BETTER!” The vowels take great offense and one by one leave the alphabet. Told using the alphabet, animals, and the sounds they make, this story educates readers about the concept of consonants and the importance of vowels. Disbury’s colorful illustrations pop against the clean white background. The playful animals and letters have detailed expressions that add greatly to the story line. VERDICT This slight but fun rhyming addition to elementary libraries and classrooms will guarantee laughs as a read-aloud and will teach a lesson in cooperation and respect and give some pointers on how to apologize.–
Kirkus Reviews - Can U Save the Day?
The vowels raise havoc when they quit the farm after being insulted by the consonants. There are five vowels (well, sometimes six or seven) while there are 21 consonants (well, sometimes 19 or 20). B seems to think that makes consonants better and more important. "The letter B stuck out his tongue / and bragged, ‘Our group is #1!’ "A is offended and leaves, warning “You’ll regret / when all the vowels are gone, I bet.” When A disappears, the dog goes “brk,” the duck goes “quck,” and the frog goes “crok.” E leaves, too, and the sheep go “blt.” After I and O depart, the rooster goes “cck-ddl-d.” Fortunately, U takes pity on the consonants when a sleeping tractor goes out of control and all it can do is “hnk.” Clasping its hands over its head, U makes an O, causing the tractor to “honk” to wake up. The letters make peace and decide they are all one big family. This is a merry outing, with simple artwork that illustrates how funny words look when they drop a few letters. Fun can also be had for younger readers trying to figure out which letters are missing from a pig’s “onk” and a bird’s “twt”; classroom extension possibilities seem nearly endless. Stocker’s wordplay is the icing on the cake. The moral of the story: Don’t anger vowels, or horses will go “ngh.”
Author: Shannon Stocker
Shannon Stocker is a proud word nerd who loves all letters equally. She lives with her husband, Greg, and her children, Cassidy and Tye, in Louisville, KY, where she molds the alphabet into picture books and songs all day. Visit her online at www.shannonstocker.com or on Twitter @iwriteforkidz.
Illustrator: Tom Disbury
Tom Disbury is an illustrator for picture books and commercial projects. He lives in Rugby, United Kingdom with his family.
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