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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Talking Tales: Cricket’s Guitar is an educational story for young children by Erica Graham. When one of the strings broke on Cricket’s guitar, he asks Teri if she can help him replace it. Teri is willing to help and gives Cricket a tiny string from the craft table. He says it is too big and he needs a teeny tiny string. Teri wonders where she can find the right size and remembers her dad’s fishing string. But that is still too big for the guitar. She finds other items, but they are not the teeny tiny size Cricket needs. Teri scratches her head while thinking what to use for string, and suddenly gets an idea. She hopes it will work so Cricket can play his lovely tunes again.
Erica Graham’s Talking Tales: Cricket’s Guitar is a fun, educational read that teaches small kids who have difficulty pronouncing the letter “T” how to overcome this struggle, which can be embarrassing for them. There are over 80 examples of the “T” sound in the story that will assist with speech therapy. One of the aims of this book is to increase a child’s sound awareness. It is a learning tool that speech therapists, teachers, and parents can use to help children become confident with letter pronunciations. The cute illustrations are also sketched by the author. Erica Graham has written other educational books for children that focus on sound pronunciations in the English language. Talking Tales: Cricket’s Guitar is a lovely story as well as a useful teaching aid.