WordsBright has published a winner with this book! And I’m not the only one who thinks so. A New Take on ABCs – S is for Smiling Sunrise: An Alphabet Book of Goodness, Beauty, and Wonder has recently won a 2015 National Parenting Publications Award. As we began reading this book for our review, I could definitely see why!
About the Product
WordsBright is a publisher of fun and educational books for children. Ten percent of their net earnings is donated to organizations to support children’s health and literacy. Currently, the organizations they are supporting are Room to Read and Asha for Education.
The book is written by Vick Wadhwa. Wadhwa actually has a background in pharmaceuticals. As he was teaching his young two year old daughter the alphabet, he realized that she was tired of the same old same old alphabet books. He was inspired to come up with little rhymes for each letter of the alphabet. Then he put those same rhymes to a tune. Music helps aid in memorization and the ability to focus. The purpose of the book is to no only teach the alphabet through fun and engaging rhymes, but to also learn positive concepts and values. Vocabulary, language and character development are supported.
This book will appeal to preschoolers, kindergartners and early readers.
The book itself is a 32 page hardback and is printed with CPSIA-compliant materials for child-safety. (We all know toddlers like to chew on their books!!) You can access a free MP3 song version of the book on the website. There are also parent’s guides that you can download; one for Pre-K and one for K-3.
Price $16.95 US (bookstores); $15 (typical online price). Ebook format also available (Kindle version is currently $5.99)
Release date February 4, 2014
For this review, I received the book, an actual CD of the song version (the same one is offered as a free download), and a printout of teaching tips (also the free downloads).
In the Trenches
I read this with my eight year old son. He is a beginning reader and already knows all of his alphabet. We still enjoyed the rhymes. I asked many of the questions that are given in the resource which helped with reading comprehension and made for good conversation. We did a few of the activities. It worked great that soon after reading this book, we happened upon a dead butterfly and my son was able to closely examine and hold the wings. That was the “B” activity.
I would definitely recommend this book for any early readers and younger children. I think my son would have benefited from it even more if we had this book a few years ago. I love the colorful pages and as a mom, I love to know I wouldn’t have to worry about my young one chewing on it. Any author that will take the time to include teaching tips for their book gets a thumbs up from me!!
My son wanted to share his favorite page – U is for Universe.