Wondering which books to read to your child? Welcome to this wonderful 10 weeks long project of #MondayMorningReviews where Shital Choudhary, a passionate storyteller & a mom herself, shares children’s book reviews every Monday! The age group for these books is 0-4 years. This review series will help you choose the best books for your baby / toddler / preschooler / kindergartener. This week’s pick is Fun With Alphabet Stories! Read on this full book review.
Concept: Alphabet Stories
Book: Fun with Alphabet Stories (Set of 6 books)
Publisher: Navneet Publications (India) Ltd.
Age: 1.5+ years
Alphabet stories are conceptualized to focus on the derived learning it imparts, of words beginning with a particular alphabet. For instance Story of letter ‘A’, ‘B’ and so on till letter ‘Z’. So there are always 26 stories. These stories can be designed in a progressive way to suit the audience from toddlers to kids age 11-12 years.
Primarily, each Story has many words beginning with that particular alphabet.
The ones designed for toddlers are very, very simple stories packed with as many simple words of that alphabet as feasible.
This is the best way to enhance a kid’s vocabulary without fussing about it.
About The Set
There are many books available in the market based on the concept. But this set by Navneet is my absolute favorite.
Divided into 6 six books, there are of course 26 stories. Let’s look at one of the stories. Story of Letter ‘G’ for instance:
Geeta Gorilla guards a Guava garden in Gauhati.
Through the gaps in the wall, goats get into the garden to eat the guavas.
“Eat some garlic and blast the goats with your breath,” Ganju the goose suggests.
Geeta eats lots of garlic.
She blows her garlic breath.
the goats gag and hurry away.
Geeta is garlanded as the best guard in Gauhati.
“Thank you, Ganju,” Geeta says gratefully.
Just 8 simple sentences, telling a proper story (the story has a problem and its logical resolution too), packing as many as 14 different ‘G’ letter words, including 3 proper nouns and 7 common nouns is an achievement in itself.
Don’t you think?
I picked up this set when my child was just one year old. Like most of my books, I didn’t pick it up for teaching anything. I picked up because, I wanted books with silly simple small stories to be read to a one year old. What followed was beyond my guess. Kid loved all the stories no ends. I had no choice but to follow 3 steps 1) read out 2) re-tell 3) repeat!
Buy the set, start with Story of letter A, sit on the story for as long as child wants you to, read, tell, repeat! Move on to Story of letter ‘B’ when your child tells you to.
You may also want to check out my video review of this set in this video below. It also includes a read-aloud of story of letter ‘F’ for reference.
|Book review contributed by Shital Choudhary
Chief Reviewer at Children’s Book Reviews & Stories
Shital Choudhary is a passionate storyteller (a Kathalaya Alumina) and a mom to a 6 year old. Apart from power of stories in teaching concepts and values, she believes that stories can come at your rescue absolutely at any situation in your parenting journey. You can reach out to her at storywayschool [AT] gmail.com. She documents her book reviews, recommendations and reading out experiences at her Facebook page – Children’s Book Reviews & Stories