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Phoebe Sounds It Out 

Written by Julie Zwillich | Published by Owl Kids | April 11, 2017

Meet Phoebe. Unfortunately, her name doesn't look quite like it sounds. At school, her classmates practice writing their names, but Phoebe struggles. Her teacher tells her to "just sound it out." Phoebe doubts herself and procrastinates before resolving to try. Readers are privy to her funny, endearing interior monologue and little-kid rationale as she writes the result: FEEBY. 

Told in relatable, introspective voice, this story conveys the feelings and worries of a 5-year-old and supports learning about sounds and letters. Readers will see from Phoebe's fellow kindergartners' attempts that everyone makes mistakes, and that we can take pride in effort and not just perfection. 

Phoebe Sounds it Out Teacher's Guide available for download

"New spellers will relate to Phoebe's dilemma....makes a point about fun with fonicks."  -Kirkus Reviews

"Zwillich's gentle, savvy picture book should leave its mark... An appealing addition to books that introduce the intricate process of writing in an enjoyable creative manner." - School Library Journal