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Alpha-Mania Adventures: Captain Ray and the Rhyming Pirates: A Rhyming…

by Jennifer Makwana

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The Alpha-Maniacs are letter-loving kids who live in Letter Lagoon. One day, as the five friends are busy playing pirates, a group of bumbling pirates washes ashore to their lagoon. The pirates are a little strange, speaking only in rhyme and not knowing how to read a map. The Alpha-Maniacs step up and teach them how to be proper pirates.

This is the first of five books focusing on phonological awareness. This book cues children into rhyming schemes, letter identification and letter sounds. Captain Ray and the Ryhming Pirates not only offers a fun story, but is highly interactive. Each pages asks children to find different letters or objects that begin with different letters. The bold, colorful pictures draw children in and allow them to explore with letter identification. And, of course whenever the pirates speak, it is in rhyme, giving children a chance to fill in the last word of the pirate's speech.

At the end of the story are even more ways and games to help your child begin to associate rhyming words and practice letter formation. A great book for parents and educators of children 2-6.

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  Mishker | Dec 6, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0994763743, Paperback)

Alpha-Mania Adventures is an innovative five-book series that ignites imagination and gives pre-reading children the foundation to become successful readers in the future. These exciting and colorful stories are the perfect tools to teach pre-reading skills through play. Storytime at home or in the classroom becomes fun and educational.

Each adventure combines the heroic quests of five intrepid kids with phonological awareness and phonics, the first two components necessary to become a good reader.

Captain Ray and the Rhyming Pirates (Book 1 of 5) practices the first phonological awareness skill: rhyming. Rhyming words are words that have the same middle and end sounds. For example, bat rhymes with hat because they both end with the sounds /at/.


The story: Alex, Eddie, Izzy, Olly, and Umber are the Alpha-Maniacs, five adventurous friends who live in the magical Letter Lagoon. Out of the blue, a band of bumbling pirates sail ashore, seeking help with a treasure map they’ve found. The pirates speak only in rhyme, and they have no idea how to go about finding treasure. The clever kids jump at the chance to train the clumsy buccaneers in all aspects of being proper pirates, setting the stage for many exciting adventures to come.

Every Alpha-Mania Adventures book includes: An introduction to phonological awareness and tips to use the book to its maximum benefit An exciting story that will charm young audiences A Find the Hidden Objects phonics activity embedded in the illustrations Bonus Activities related to phonological awareness, phonics, and/or letter formation Easy-to-use guides on Letter Sounds and/or Letter Formation

Join the Alpha-Maniacs on their first of five phonological pirate adventures with Captain Ray and the Rhyming Pirates!

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:03:54 -0500)

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