|About the Book|
This book includes 26 full-color pages of Cuddly Bears. Each page has one or more Cuddly Bears, one pair of uppercase and lowercase letters, one word printed in lowercase that begins with the featured letter, and a colorful image that represents theMoreThis book includes 26 full-color pages of Cuddly Bears. Each page has one or more Cuddly Bears, one pair of uppercase and lowercase letters, one word printed in lowercase that begins with the featured letter, and a colorful image that represents the featured letter.For example, the 25th page has a bear tangled up in a ball of yarn, the letters Y and y, and the word ‘yarn.’Each page is limited to a single image and single word in order to help toddlers or preschoolers focus on a single concept (rather than be distracted by several images).The Cuddly Bears and other images were hand-brushed with brush pens by artist Bearlyn. The letters and words are also hand-drawn, which look more natural and are easier for children to reproduce than printed letters.The lowercase letter is included along with the uppercase letter. In a sentence, almost all of the letters are lowercase. Therefore, it is very important for children to learn the lowercase letters when they learn the alphabet, as it helps letter-recognition later on when they first begin to read and write words and sentences.At the beginning of the book, a Cuddly Bear waves hello. Advancing from one picture to the next, watch her hand wave. Similarly, a Cuddly Bear will wave goodbye at the end of the book. Encouraging the child to say “hi” and “goodbye” and to wave to the Cuddly Bears may help them feel that the book is slightly interactive.The picture following the letter Z has all of the letters of the alphabet together.Suggestions for using this book:(1) The first few times using this book, name the pair of letters (like “Big C, little c”) and point to them and name the object (for example, “clown”). After the letter Z, on the picture that has all of the letters of the alphabet, this is a good time to sing the alphabet song. Point to each letter as you sing it.(2) Encourage the child’s interest in reading. If the child points something out, like “pretty,” add to their remark as in, “Yes, those are pretty flowers.” Occasionally, point out something fun or new, such as “silly pants.”(3) After reading straight through a few times, try asking a few questions, like “Which letter is that?” Or point to the object and ask, “What is that?”(4) A child who has mastered the alphabet can also be challenged with more advanced questions. A question that requires children to think is, “Which letter comes next?” Since backgrounds come in different colors, it is also possible to ask about the page color.(5) Another way to challenge kids after they have learned their alphabet is to quiz them about some of the lowercase letters that make up the words.