The Vowel Family: A Tale of Lost Letters by Sally M. Walker (2008) is a funny picture book that highlights the importance of vowels in words. I’ve included a few excerpts below to highlight the fun.
What words can you make when you add vowels to the letters below?
wndr pnch tm bk frm lghtr mrvls rmbl fr
Whn Pm Smth mrrd Sm Vwl, sh sd, “Lf s wndrful!”
“xcpt whn w tlk,” Sm sd. “Tlkng s vr hrd.”
Ftr Alan and Ellen, the twns, were brn, ther parents gggld wth glee. Alan and Ellen’s clear speech made sense.
Lfe was better. Bt t wasn’t perfect.
Tried adopting pets, but it wasn’t until the birth of Iris and Otto joined the family that things made sense.
Thank goodness Ursula chose just that moment to be born!”
But, Otto gets lost and Aunt Cyndy, the police officer needs to help them find the missing boy. They find him in the library attending story hour.
It’s funny/interesting that you can read and understand the story, even without the vowels. I wonder if that is due to years of interpretting students’ misspellings, or if everyone can read it easily.
I think students of all ages would love this book for different reasons. Check it out.