A humorous word book for Determined Non-Spellers? Hey, what?? Is such a thing possible?
It is – and it’s called How to Make a Rainbow Rose.
Written by award-winning writer Maree Teychenné, How to Make a Rainbow Rose tackles the age-old problem of how to make ‘boring’ spelling interesting and alive to young readers. It offers hints and ideas to help with difficult spelling and it’s done with comic poems, visual fonts, cheerful repetition – and plenty of humour!
Young readers are invited to colour in the tricky words as they read to increase their visual recognition of the words.
How to Make a Rainbow Rose also contains dozens of wise and funny quotations that feature the Top Troublemakers its and it’s; plenty of illustrations and border words to colour in and Part Two of the story The Moona Moona Frog – What Happened to Lily.
Awards for the Books
Tricky Words Book 3, How to Make a Rainbow Rose, was recently shortlisted in the 2016 Rubery Book Award (Non Fiction category) in the UK. The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors and books published by independent presses from all around the world.
Judges’ comments: How to Make a Rainbow Rose is a cleverly constructed book for teaching children how to spell those difficult words that so easily confuse. It’s creative colouring-in, offering fun pictures that draw you in and invite you to create your own palette.
The approach is unusual, and the practical idea of colouring the individual letters as well as the pictures reinforces the spelling and helps to train the memory. It is carefully laid out and very clear. It will be useful for children whose reading and writing are at a developing stage and dyslexic children, but also those adults who still need a few reminders about tricky spellings that never sit entirely comfortably in our minds.
Judges: MAN Booker Shortlisted author, Clare Morrall, Poet and Stand winner Jeff Phelps, and author, dramatist and lecturer, William Gallagher.
Tricky Words Book 2, A Lion, a Whale and a Flea, was Highly Commended in the 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards – Children’s Book Category.
Judges’ comments: A Lion, a Whale and a Flea is an excellent classroom resource – or even for use at home – for children to brush up on their spelling skills. This helpful textbook is brimming with exercises to assist children in learning to spell (especially tricky words) in a fun and entertaining way. Loads of potential for this book to be used as an educational tool in schools.
Judges: Children’s author Aleesah Darlison and Vanessa Little, Director of Libraries, ACT.
Tricky Words Book 1, My Aunt Ate a Plate, was co-winner of the 2013 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards – Children’s Book Category.
Judges’ comments: My Aunt Ate a Plate is a glorious celebration of words and how to get them straight – especially appreciated by a dyslexic judge. Fun and wise at the same time.
Judges: Children’s authors Jackie French and Sue Whiting.