I am so elated that this series of books by Munro Leaf has been reissued! Most people only know him for the fantastic Story of Ferdinand. And it's understandable since you'd never look at those illustrations and these illustrations and guess they were drawn by the same man. But my sisters and I loved Manners Can Be Fun and How to Behave And Why when we were kids. This book we didn't have - it was preaching to the choir anyway - but I was thrilled to run across it recently!
Did you know that while there are only 26 letters, there are 44 different sounds we make while speaking? The book is filled with facts. It doesn't talk down to kids, but it is written simply so even those struggling to read can understand. It is very wordy, and appropriate for older (1st grade) picture book readers. For reluctant readers it talks about Why we learn to read.
I love the illustrations. Yes, they're wildly different than the intricate, detailed Ferdinand illustrations. These are cute child-like stick-figures. They have a cartoonish feel to them. I think kids identify with the illustrations, and find them accessible, and funny.
And I love that there are blank pages at the back of the book. These are for writing down a list of books that you have read! Getting kids ready for book blogging one day...
This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.