Robin Pulver and Lynne Rowe Reed collaborate (again) to create a wonderful text that helps teach a complex spelling skill.  In Silent Letters Loud and Clear, the font and characters show how many English words have a silent letter.  As the story is being told, the silent letters are outlined and not filled in.  For example, in the word ‘one’, the ‘e’ is shown with an outlined font.

“Practice, practice, practice!  Good spellers are made, not born!” said Mr. Wright.

Lynne Rowe Reed captures the attention of children with her vivid cartoon figures.  Even the text is in different shades.  I definitely believe this book can increase the retention of spelling silent-lettered words.

Silent Letters Loud and Clear


When the children complain how difficult spelling is, their teacher, Mr. Wright, suggests they should write a letter to the editor.  As they finish, the silent letters decide they will do away and the letter to the editor becomes a disaster.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Silent Letters Loud and Clear:

  • Letter to the editor – the children receive a response to their email
  • Persuasion
  • Spelling – importance of practice
  • Silent letters – final e, k, w, gh, b, p, a, l, h
  • Personification – the mixture of an everyday happening (school) with a non-living objects (letters)  becoming characters

Also check out these other books by Robin and Lynne:

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