By: Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2008, fiction
Ages: For elementary age kids
Theme: Alphabet use, friendship, humor, wordplay, problem solving, puns.
Learning resources: free activity guides here: http://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/activity_guides.html and click on:http://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/teachers.html for more resources that are helpful in the classroom.
From the jacket: “What happens when the most important letter in the alphabet gets a big owie? One of the other letters has to take her place while she recuperates, but who? Z is too sleepy, and Y asks too many questions. Is O well-rounded enough to handle the job? It’s a real E-mergency”
Opening sentence: “All the letters lived together in a big house. Every morning they ran downstairs to breakfast.”
Why I love it: It’s a wonderful book expressing the value of friendship as well as teaching about vowels and consonants. The illustrations are hilarious cartoons of letters with personalities and human qualities. It’s a delightful story with a surprise ending. The fact that it was sparked by an autistic teen, Ezra Fields-Meyer makes it that much more intriguing. You can also click here for another good review: http://childrensbooksheal.com/2011/11/02/e-mergency-by-tom-lichtenheld-and-ezra-fields-meyer/