Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Bela Davis
Illustrator: Bela Davis
Publisher: Abdo Kids
This addition to the Alphabet series about the letter G is great. Each two-page spread features a simple sentence with an abundance of the letter G, and each usage is clearly highlighted in a bold font. On the corresponding page is a full-page photograph showing what the sentence is describing. For example, “Gia gives Grandma a great big hug” shows a girl with her arms around her grandmother as they peel potatoes in the kitchen. There are nine sentence-photograph pairs, as well as additional G words and a glossary included at the end.
The value of this book comes equally from its text and its photos. The text is ideal because of how well it teaches the letter G—featuring it at the beginning, middle, and end of words and showcasing its different phonetic capabilities. The photos also greatly contribute because they perfectly illustrate the words. The pictures are highly detailed and interesting and give the book a joyful, upbeat feel. This book would be an excellent tool for young readers hoping to make sense out of the letter G and practice its unique sounds..