Who would have thought that homophones could be so much fun? We start with a letter to Dear Deer from Aunt Ant who now lives at the zoo. Aunt Ant describes her new neighbors such as the Moose who loves mousse and the whale who wails. This delightful play on words continues with a toad who is towed, a hoarse horse and so on.
The book is designed with a generous amount of white or colored spaces to make it very accessible for preschool children who will chuckle at the humor of both text and art. The homophones are printed in bold type which is an added plus. The animals are charmingly anthropomorphic, drawn with just enough silliness to amuse children of all ages. Younger children will have fun finding Aunt Ant on all the double spreads but one. And a savvy preschooler may be able to figure out why she is missing from that illustration.
Dear Deer is a welcome addition to the preschool shelves. It will amuse and introduce children to the richness of our language. It is equally appropriate for older classrooms where teachers are explaining the intricacies of the English language. Older children will enjoy writing their own stories using homophones.
An author’s note about the difference between homophones and homonyms is a plus for older readers.
Gene Barretta has created a complete package. The story and the art work together, the book reads well aloud, and Dear Deer is appropriate for children of all ages.
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