Gabby reaches up, up, up, to put away her last book when suddenly, the book tumbles out of her hand and the letters inside scatter around her playroom! Before Gabby can collect them all, the letters take on a life of their own, “spelling” disaster! Will Gabby manage to tame her new “word-mates” and show them how letters can also make “f-r-i-e-n-d-s?”
The first in a series of primary picture books, Gabby by Joyce Grant and illustrated by Jan Dolby (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) follows a bespeckled, young redhead on spelling adventures and mishaps. In this first installment, letters fall out of one of Gabby’s books and spell out “word-mates” like “c-a-t” and “b-i-r-d.” Gabby must use her spelling skills to turn enemies into friends.
Cute characters and loose letters spell “f-u-n” in this charming picture book for reading beginners. Gabby introduces children to the many different places that letters can be found, both in Gabby’s playroom and in the words around us. It encourages building on young literacy skills and having fun with spelling.
The bright and whimsical illustrations are sure to grab the youngsters’ attention. And bonus: the heroine wears glasses! The book also comes complete with spelling games and drawing tips in the back-matter. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the frog on each page!
Gabby is an excellent addition to primary bookshelves and a great tool for building a love of literacy in kids. I can’t wait to see what Gabby spells up next.
♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2 (3.5/5)