Monday, April 8, 2013

Too Hot to Hoot

I am continuing to search for picture books that combine educational concepts with fun approaches to learning. Too Hot to Hoot: Funny Palindrome Riddleshas an interesting approach to palindromes. As with most of this style of books, the author begins by defining for the reader what a palindrome is so the reader will be able to engage in the riddles. The riddles begin with three letter riddles, move to four and five letters, than multiple words. From there it progresses to phrases, sentences, and even numbers.

The format is simple and the answers are provided at the end of each chapter. If a child does not understand the riddle or just does not know the answer, he/she can refer to the answer key. It is a way to engage children in learning new vocabulary as well as introducing the concept of palindromes. I like the idea of including math in a language arts book. I think it is always important to combine the two when possible.

I think this would be a great book to add to a book box of Language Arts titles. For parents, it could be a great idea to check out library titles that share a common theme and explore some of these concepts at home. I do believe that the more children explore language outside of textbooks, the more they will understand it.

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