Phoebe Sounds It Out

Phoebe Sounds It Out

Book - 2017
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Meet Phoebe. Unfortunately, her name doesn't look quite like it sounds. At school, her classmates practice writing their names, but Phoebe struggles. Her teacher tells her to "just sound it out." Phoebe doubts herself and procrastinates before resolving to try. Readers are privy to her funny, endearing interior monologue and little-kid rationale as she writes the result: FEEBY.

Told in a relatable, introspective voice, this school story conveys the feelings and worries of a 5-year-old and supports learning about sounds and letters. Readers will see from Phoebe's fellow kindergartners' attempts that everyone makes mistakes, and that we can take pride in effort and not just perfection.

Publisher: Toronto :, Owlkids Books,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781771471640
Branch Call Number: Z ZWI
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : coloured illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Holmes, Denise - Illustrator


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LiztheLibrarian Feb 09, 2018

Phoebe has a challenging name, in that you cannot spell it phonetically. This is for the most part a story about her struggle to 'sound out' her name. The problem is that of course she doesn't spell it correctly using her phonics and the teacher doesn't correct her misspelling. Also rain boots feature heavily in the plot for no apparent reason.

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