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Wednesday 30 August 2023

Review: Phonobet

When we speak, how often do we pay attention to the parts of our body being activated to form words? 

You may well ask, what is she talking about?

You will be surprised!

After reading this novel book, you will never take speech for granted again.

 Phonobet describes the sounds that letters make alone, and together with others. 

Full of beautiful noise that children will have fun experimenting with, added to the stunning design, colour and characters that entertain on the page while children learn, I know of no other book like this.


 It explains in a simple way, the complexities of the English language. 

The different sections such as fricative: a type of consonant made by the friction of breath in a narrow opening, affricative consonants, (explained in detail), and vowels, come with analogies that kids can associate with.

At the end of the book, in the section Exploring Your Voice, eye-opening information will leave old and young, with the urge to try every sound with focus on which areas of your face and body, produce the delightful sounds of speech.

There are activities for children to try with word sounds – voiceless and voiced, and a Treasure Hunt to find sounds.

I can’t write highly enough about this incredible book. All I can add, is, look inside the exceptional covers, and you won’t leave without it.

Great fun. Lots of learning. Too good for words!

Title: Phonobet
Author: Kathy Weeden
Illustrator: Kim Drane
Publisher: NLA, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 June 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922507471
For ages: 4+
Type: Junior Non Fiction