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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Meet My Friends from A to Z by Sharon Brandon is a colorful, educational book which helps young children learn the letters of the alphabet by assigning each letter to a name. The story starts with Meeka, whose name of course begins with M, then she introduces the reader to each of her twenty-six friends. The pictures are simple, but they are suitable for a child. I think that including some less common names such as Lesha and Quineisha, along with some more common ones like Lisa and Michael, helps a child learn that there are many different kinds of names and it offers them some words that are a little harder to spell.
Sharon Brandon has come up with a great idea in Meet My Friends from A to Z by letting the child reader associate the letter with a word that is easy to remember. I like the idea at the end for the child to draw a picture of themselves and to add their own name and letter to the book. This encourages them to learn their own name, the spelling of it, and it can help with them learning to write their name too. I think this would suit younger children around the ages of four, five and six. It is a book that parents can read to their children and because it encourages the child to add to the book, I think it will make them appreciate the book more and hopefully want to hear it being read again.