Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter

by Cari Best and Giselle Potter

The day Beatrice finally learns how to spell her name is the day she discovers her... read more

The day Beatrice finally learns how to spell her name is the day she discovers her passion: spelling. Her grandma, Nanny Hannah, spells words for Beatrice all day long, explaining that she pictures them in her head to spell them right. Beatrice tackles "kindergarten." Success! Nanny Hannah calls Beatrice her "Spelling Bea." Beatrice begins noticing things, like the silent "e" at the end of some words, and how two short words can make one long one, like "sidewalk." She notices (and corrects) misspellings, too. But she can't find anyone else to share her interest at school until she gets the idea to transform her turn at "Show and Tell" into "Show and Spell." Her presentation about her T-A-R-A-N-T-U-L-A named Rose is not only a hit, but inspires a spelling frenzy. Cari Best's unusual, inspired story (that does, indeed, include letter-writing at the end) is perfectly paired with Giselle's Potter's entertaining, offbeat illustrations. (Ages 5-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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