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Prather’s Pick: Learning about the letter “B”

Diane Prather
Prather's Pick

I found a fun book for young readers at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries this week, and it will help them learn about the letter “B,”too. “Did You Take the B from My –ook” was written by Beck and Matt Santon. The book is published by Little, Brown and Company (2016).

The book begins as the narrator gives the reader an idea about some things that begin with B—like bulldozers, bread, and beaches—and the sounds that the letter makes, too. But then the narrator sneezes, and all of a sudden the letter B disappears.

However, the narrator doesn’t realize that the letter is gone so now instead of “bed” there is

–ed. Instead of “bulls” there is –ulls. “I love –ulls. Small –ulls and –ig –ulls” just doesn’t sound right. Finally the narrator seems to catch on but not before a –eetle is wearing –lue –oots and jumping on the –ed.

The narrator asks the reader to help call the letter B –ack.

I can just imagine a teacher reading this book to a class of young students. What fun the kids will have calling the letter B back to the book. This book is a great learning tool for parents or teachers. You can find the book at the Craig Moffat County Library or you can purchase it for $14.99 in hardcover.

This week I also found “The Ninjabread Man” in the children’s room at the library. It is retelling of the “Gingerbread Man.” The book was written by C.J. Leigh and illustrated by Chris Call. This book is published by Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic (2016). Young readers who are fans of ninjas are sure to enjoy this book.

As the story begins, readers meet a little old sensei who secretly teaches martial arts to Ninja Bear, Ninja Snake, Ninja Mouse, and Ninja Fox. They all work very hard so one night the sensei uses an old recipe to whip up a special treat for them. He rolls out the dough and shapes it into a tiny sword, some throwing stars, and a Ninjabread Man. Once baked, these cookies will have mysterious powers.

Indeed. When the old man opens the oven door the Ninjabread Man jumps out. He has the sword in one hand. The Ninjabread Man can speak, too, and he says it’s time to test the students’ skills.

Sensei sounds the gong to warn his students. One by one, Ninjabread Man challenges them. He scares off the bear, mouse, and snake, but then Ninjabread Man meets the fox.

There’s a recipe for Ninjabread Cookies at the end of the book and a glossary of Ninja words, too. It’s a fun book for young readers.

A hardcover copy of “The Ninjabread Man” costs $16.99.