Froodle by Antoinette Portis is a rhyming jubilee! Each bird always makes the same sound, until one day when little brown bird decides to go for it and make a new sound. The cardinal and the dove love it, but crow, not so much. Well it just takes him longer to get used to the idea.
The art for this book was created with pencil, charcoal, and ink. Color was added digitally. The text is sparse but then Portis is an expert at the 'less is more' idea.
Phonemic Awareness is all over this book. When the birds come up with new sounds they are silly, nonsense words that rhyme, so this will be a strong contender for playing with the sounds in words and helping children hear those different sounds and learn more about how language works. This is just right to read with any child that is hearing and understanding that different animals make different sounds. It also lends itself to Letter Knowledge. And although this is a superb book for early literacy, it will also be enjoyed by grades 1 - 3.