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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
Phoebe and the Upside Down b by Cheryl Woodward is about a little girl named Phoebe who has trouble spelling her name. She doesn’t understand why her name starts with “ph” when it sounds like it should begin with an “f,” and she gets confused between the “b” and “p.” Using spelling tricks that she has learned, she realizes that spelling doesn’t have to be so hard. Written in fun rhymes along with entertaining illustrations and including helpful practice pages for kids and dyslexia resources for parents and educators, this book is sure to please both children and adults alike.
Working in a school, I have seen many children struggling to spell their names or other words because they aren’t spelled the way they sound. The English language can be pretty confusing for kids, especially for kids with dyslexia, so Phoebe and the Upside Down b is the perfect book to add to any children’s library. Children will not only be able to relate to Phoebe, but they will also learn some spelling tricks and be encouraged to learn new ones on their own. The practice pages in the back will engage kids, and the useful resources will aid parents and educators who are helping children with dyslexia. I am a huge fan of Cheryl Woodward’s Bountiful Butterflies, and she has done it again with this book. I am incredibly grateful to have this one for my daughter as she grows up, and I look forward to seeing more books by this fantastic author.