| Quote #1
We see the importance of phonics in the poem right away. “PUP” and “CUP” along with “UP” from the previous stanza teaches kids that those certain letter combinations create a certain sound. Best of all: it does this without any explanation as to what it’s doing. Brilliant, no?
| Quote #2
More important language lessons to be had here. Notice how the difference between the final sentence here is just one letter off from the final sentence in the previous stanza? Yet it creates an entirely different image in illustrations. Every letter counts, people.
| Quote #3
My brothers read
The little brothers are probably at the same level as most Hop on Pop readers. But, hey, these kiddos are are taking pride in their accomplishments, and so should anyone who can read at any level. If reading were easy, all the other animals would be doing it, and we’ve yet to meet a mollusk who can make it through Where the Wild Things Are.