A Knock at the Door

A Knock at the Door Letters live at home when they re little Then they join a word The Story of NIGHT tells of the arrival of G and H The HALF Trained L reveals why L is always silent The QUIET Strangers describes a hous

  • Title: A Knock at the Door
  • Author: Helen Yeomans
  • ISBN: 9780969321996
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Letters live at home when they re little Then they join a word The Story of NIGHT tells of the arrival of G and H The HALF Trained L reveals why L is always silent The QUIET Strangers describes a household that never stops arguing PIGEON Panic reports what happened when a letter forgot its sound The Beginning of BOUGH relates how two letters decided to start aLetters live at home when they re little Then they join a word The Story of NIGHT tells of the arrival of G and H The HALF Trained L reveals why L is always silent The QUIET Strangers describes a household that never stops arguing PIGEON Panic reports what happened when a letter forgot its sound The Beginning of BOUGH relates how two letters decided to start a new word.In April 2016, A Knock at the Door won silver at the Wishing Shelf Awards, for children 6 8.

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    1. Help a child learn to love the joy of words, spelling and reading with the magic of letters come to life. Helen Yeomans’ A Knock at the Door is a delightful tale of letters, their sounds and their quirks, all beautifully illustrated to capture a child’s imagination. Ms. Yeomans breaks her tale down into short stories that bring out a new word, such as NIGHT. When a child learns to read, they are proud of recognizing the sounds of words like Dog or cat, then, BAM we hit them up with words lik [...]

    2. When I stop to think about it, the sheer volume of children's books that move through our house is fairly impressive. The bookshelves are already overflowing with books we own, but that's hardly enough variety. For that we take, at least, weekly trips to the library, where we always seem to have in excess of thirty books checked out at a time. And, because more books is never a bad thing, I'm happy to report that the two older girls now get to bring home a few books from the school library as we [...]

    3. A Knock at the DoorBy Helen YeomansIllustrations by Matteo MazzacuratiThis outstanding children’s book by Helen Yeomans is the most unique collection of short short stories that I have ever read. All of the characters are letters which form words. Each letter speaks, has a distinctive personality, forms particular words and lives . . . well, mostly happily together. These letters of the alphabet, like children, get into trouble and sometimes have difficulty getting along.There are strict rules [...]

    4. Listen up, campers: this is one charming and completely original little book. I've never run into anything like it. Not only that, but it's delightful, imaginative and funny. I could go on…A Knock at the Door is the story of five words and the letters that go into them. NIGHT, HALF, QUIET, PIGEON and BODY. Actually it's how they got to be the way they are, because they didn't used to look like that.Like in The Story of Night, the first one: "The three letters [NIT] were good friends. They went [...]

    5. This imaginative children's story explores the idea of what happens when letters have personalities. How can you form words in harmony when Ls can be stinkers, Os are hyperactive, and Ts are so thin because they're always worrying? Each compact story takes on a new word and delves into the unique personalities of each of its letters and special challenges that they have to face. The chapters are infused with a quirky humor that fits perfectly with the subject matter.As a child, I usually assigne [...]

    6. A Knock at the Door seamlessly combines the three things I like to see in stories for children: a clever premise, an imaginative world, and the chance to impart a lasting lesson. Set in a world inhabited by letters before and after they team up to become words, this collection of stories tells the tale of five trickier nouns and adjectives for children - such as half, night, and quiet. By employing memorable story lines and character associations (without giving too much away - silent letters be [...]

    7. A Knock at the Door by Helen Yeomans, Illustrated by Matteo Mazzacuratich an adorable read. I enjoy receiving children's books because I have kids myself so what better way to review how well a child will handle a book than for myself, a reviewer, to read them to my kids. Let me tell ya, my kids will let me know if they are interested in something I am reading within the first few pages. 2 kids2 opinions enjoyed the book. For starters the back cover states "Letters live at home when they're litt [...]

    8. This is a very cleverly-written children's book. The English language, many would agree, has a lot of quirks, what with words having silent letters and such.Imagine if letters were just like people, with distinct personalities, and making a word is like putting together a family. That's the concept that Helen Yeomans has come up with in several short stories about how certain words might have come to be. The illustrations were also nice.Kids today often take spelling for granted, and this book m [...]

    9. I'm always on the lookout for books that bring the language arts to life for students. Helen wove a series of fanciful tales about how words (NIT - NIGHT, HAF - HALF, etc.) were spelled. Students will easily identify story structure and enjoy the dialogue as they listen to these tales. These stories could be used as possible read alouds after children have studied the focus word, but a caution should be given - some of the stories are a bit involved and younger readers/listeners may not stay as [...]

    10. There are five short stories in this book about letters and how they form words. Each story is about a different word and how the letters get along(or not get along) in the word. The book was a interesting concept but I wish the book had colorful illustrations instead of black and white ones.

    11. Favourite Quote: It’s never the same L from one year to the next, but it’s always a stinker. A Knock at the Door is a rollicking read-aloud and makes a perfect springboard for discussing spelling, silent letters and letter sounds in the classroom. Not only is this collection of stories imaginative and fun – it’s also clever and will delight readers of all ages – Boozlewoofer is now my word of the week. * I read a free review copy of this title in exchange for review consideration** I e [...]

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