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The B on Your Thumb

Written by Colette Hiller

Illustrated by Tor Freeman

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The B on Your Thumb Review

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Makes spelling fun!

60 Poems to Boost Reading and Spelling

What an ingenious idea! The B on Your Thumb combines two seemingly unlikely bedfellows – grammar and poetry – and to excellent effect. Jolly verses, frequently comic and lots of fun to read aloud, are cleverly full of useful spelling and phonics tips.  Struggle spelling ‘necessary’ or ‘separate’? (Shh – I do!) You won’t after you’ve read this book and the two little poems that make their spellings so memorable. Also made fun and simple via fun rhymes are letter sounds, sh, ee, ou, ch and so on. Tor Freeman’s illustrations are as bright and welcoming as the verses and it seems that this author illustrator duo have succeeded in making spelling fun.

Andrea Reece

The B on Your Thumb Synopsis

The B on Your Thumb is a book of 60 hilariously illustrated rhymes and delightful ditties to boost early reading - each poem teaches a specific sound, spelling or rule.

Using rhythm and wordplay, they promote phonics awareness, thinking skills and literacy. But most of all, this book delights young readers with the fun and silliness of the English language. This is a book where words like to play, where letters get cross when they don't get their way.

There are sounds to make and jokes to uncover. An owl in your bowl, for you to discover. Meet the K on your knee, who's ready for fun, and don't be alarmed by the B on your thumb!

An introduction instructs grown-ups how to use the book and extensive activities at the end allow children to build on their learning.

Grouped into three categories - sounds, silent letters and secrets, and words that sound the same - the poems include: See with Two Ees The Story of Q and U The Rain in the Train Ridiculous Ph Enough of Uff Certainly a C The Most ImportANT Which Witch Learning to read has never been so much fun!

The B on Your Thumb is a must for every young family's bookshelf.

The B on Your Thumb Press Reviews

'A lovely, loony look at language!' -- Michelle Robinson - Children's Author

'What a wonderful book! I can think of no better way to introduce children to the delights and idiosyncrasies of the English language, helping them learn to read and spell. I'm sure these joyful rhymes are destined to become beloved by teachers, parents, and most importantly, children.' -- James Clements - Education writer

'A charming, gentle way to get children thinking about and playing with spellings, language and words. Proof that spelling can be a whole lot of fun.' -- Jospeh Coelho - Poet and author

'I remember the misery I had as a child trying to pronounce and spell words. I wish this book had been around back then, it would have saved me and the teachers a lot of grief. The illustrations are fun, every page is as colourful as a jar of smarties and every rhyme is accessible. Also, its usefulness as an educational tool can't be underestimated.' -- Brian Patten - Poet and author

'The B on your thumb is clever, engaging, educational and fun. I wish I had thought of it. I can't wait to read it to my daughter.' -- Craig Smith - Author/Songwriter of The Wonky Donkey

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ISBN: 9780711254589
Publication date: 01/09/2020
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780711254589
Publication date: 1st September 2020
Author: Colette Hiller
Illustrator: Tor Freeman
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Humorous, Poetry
Collections: Let's Get Back to School!, 20 Books Celebrating our Love of Poetry,

About Colette Hiller

Colette Hiller is a writer, arts producer and mother of twins. Her arts projects have reached hundreds of thousands of participants - she is the woman who put pianos and ping-pong tables in countless locations across the UK, and is also the mind behind the hit Talking Statues project. Her children's rhymes have been featured on BBC Words and Pictures and her children's LP, Applehead, has been a hit with kids across the world, selling over 50,000 copies. An advocate of early learning, Colette believes that even very young children are receptive to the joy of wordplay. She taught her own ...

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