[nobe-l] NBP-Announce: Kids: Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones

Tony Grima agrima at nbp.org
Thu Oct 8 01:52:00 UTC 2009

October 2009 Book Club Selection
Deer Dear: A Book of Homophones
by Gene Baretta
Print/Braille edition, $16.95
Ages 4-9

"Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently
and have different meanings, such as moose (the animal) and mousse (the
- from the "Note to the Reader"

While any early reader or writer can get tripped up by homophones, they
can be especially tricky for young braille users who may have heard the
words, but have never come across them in writing. In Deer Dear, author
Gene Barretta uses homophones in simple, sometimes silly sentences,
placing the same-sounding words into a context that clearly demonstrates
their meaning and usage.

Clever Aunt Ant has just moved to the zoo. Speaking in homophones, she
describes the quirky animal behavior she sees. There's the MOOSE who
loved MOUSSE and ATE EIGHT bowls, and the WHALE who was ALLOWED to WAIL
ALOUD-and that's just for starters.

This playful book introduces children to the richness of language
through the concept of homophones. After reading it, don't be surprised
when kids start asking, "How's that spelled?"

A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection!

"My precocious 5 year-year-old grandson, Evan, requested this book after
he wrote to Santa Claus as Deer Santa. When his mother explained it
should be Dear Santa, Evan answered, 'Well the letter is for the
reindeer too!' This book given as a gift explained the difference not
just of the dear/deer, but many other homophones as well. Evan really
liked the book."
-Molly Nash Larson, Bartlesville OK

"My children absolutely love Gene's latest creation. It was great to see
their minds work to figure out the meaning of the homophones."
- Diane Kelly, Pittsburgh

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