Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words written by Ruth Rocha and illustrated by Madalena Matoso

 51oieontivl Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words written by Ruth Rocha and illustrated by Madalena Matoso; Translated from the Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann; Enchanted Lion Books (9781592702084), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Picture Book

Rating: 3

What did you like about the book? With simple text and accompanying illustrations, Matoso shows us the world of a curious young boy just beginning to recognize and identify letters of the alphabet and their sounds. As the book draws to a close, he can read and make sense of the important signs surrounding him in his neighborhood. What once were squiggles are now words. His innate curiosity is rewarded.

This is a sweet story of early childhood. It begins with mother and son experiencing the daily life of home and city. Mom cooks as Pedro draws at the kitchen table. They walk to the city bus that will take him to his first day of school. Once at school a whole new world opens up as he learns the alphabet and the miracle of reading.

The stylized illustrations are done in a bold yet subdued color palette. Pedro’s classroom is a diverse one.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? / Who should buy this book? Perfect for preschool and kindergarten classrooms.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Nancy Riemer Kellner, Peaslee Elementary School Library, Northborough, MA

Date of review: 11/12/2016

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