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C D B! by William Steig

C D B! (1968)

by William Steig

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This book is an informational book but has no words in it. The main focus is working on how letters sound when pronounced out loud. I thought the book was cool at first but then it seemed to drag on and by the end of the book I was bored because there was no plot or storyline to it. This was written over 40 years ago so I think that it is a good book to have children read to know how to pronounce letters but that is about all it is good for. ( )
  kfrost32 | Jan 21, 2015 |
This book is simply a series of letters meant to represent whole words. A young reader who enjoys puzzles would probably enjoy this book very much.
  kfh2 | Jun 5, 2014 |
This is the most awesome book for kids in the world. I remember this book like it was yesterday. Making the sounds and trying to figure out which words they were trying to mean. When I got each one I was simply enthralled. I would do the happy dance all through the halls into the kitchen to show my Mom that I had succeeded. I was a happy girl. In a sense I was reading, even though I was too young to read at the time. Even now, I remember how happy this book made me.

As an example, the books name CDB comes with a picture of a large bee and a flower - meaning

S e e t h e B e e

When I recognized that I was ecstatic. I was over the moon. To this day those three letters in succession will make me smile. I think all parents should get their kids this book. Make their brains work hard for rewards, instead of having everything presented to them on a silver platter in multimedia. How else will their brains grow if you don't?

CDB is one of my all time favorite childrens books and I absolutely love it. ( )
  Molecular | Feb 21, 2014 |
  BRCSBooks | Dec 11, 2013 |
Another delightful book by William Steig! I enjoyed sharing this one with my students, and I've kept a personal copy of it after all these years. Figuring some of the words out reminds me of deciphering some car license plates. The delight in figuring some of them out put a smile on my face! I hadn't picked this book up in several years, so a few of them took me a few seconds to figure out! Didn't mind, though--that much longer to enjoy! The illustrations are fun, and there's a key to the letter-sentences in the back of the book. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671666894, Paperback)

William Steig--The New Yorker cartoonist and revered creator of the Caldecott Medalist Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island, and dozens of other magnificent books--first wrote and illustrated the original, black-and-white edition of CDB! more than 30 years ago. Adding splashes of watercolor on larger, broader pages (and an answer key in the back!), Steig brings new life to his well-loved favorite. For the uninitiated, "C D B!" translates to "See the bee!" Other letter codes are more challenging, such as the boy leaning on a tree saying "I F-N N-E N-R-G" or a droopy decrepit man slouching in a chair labeled "O-L H." Once you get used to this abbreviated Steig-speak, all (or at least most) will become clear--"X" sometimes means "eggs," "D" is sometimes "the," and "S" can be "is" or "has," for example. Or, you can just read the letters out loud over and over until the proper phrase emerges plain as day. (The pictures help, too, of course!) Those who crave more wordplay will want to explore CDC? This book is nothing less than X-L-N, and no home where words are celebrated should be without it. (Ages 5 to 105) --Karin Snelson

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Letters and numbers are used to create the sounds of words and simple sentences 4 u 2 figure out with the aid of illustrations.

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