Book Review + Giveaway: An Alphabet Zoo Phonemic Adventure by JuliaGabriel Creation

If you had followed my blog, you would have known that I have had troubles teaching my elder boy, who has Asperger syndrome(a type of autism), many stuffs from writing to learning the alphabet and also recognising the numbers! We have struggled and made small successes here and there, and this year, with courage and encouragements from my husband, we have finally withdrew Big Brother from his preschool kindergarten to homeschool him. He is turning six and will be going to primary next year, so I would like to spend more precious quality time with him, as well as focus on teaching him to read and spell, which he is struggling in. 

Last year, I had read this book review by Motherkao and won a copy of "An Alphabet Zoo" from her blog! Being an inexperienced first time parent last time, now I have also realised my mistake - the importance of introducing phonics to children since young, why? Phonics is the most basic and important skill to acquire in order to start reading!  

Learning phonics will help your children learn to read and spell. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of letters and letter combinations will help your child decode words as he reads. Knowing phonics will also help your child know which letters to use as he writes words.
- extracted from Phonics Basics

So while I am homeschooling Big Brother now, I also took out the set of Book and CD which I had won last christmas, to start Phonics awareness with Little Brother (who just turned two) early. :)  

The book is big and colourful, and themed animals which all children love. 

This book is part one of "A Learning Adventure with Rainbow Bear Series by Julia Gabriel", created since 1998, for children aged eighteen months to three years old to learn that letters and sounds convey meanings.

It is accompanied by an audio CD, where the characters in the book are brought to live, voiced by actors and teachers who use standard english. The same catchy tune is used throughout for all the 26 letters, together with an interesting an animated story for each letter, so it is easy for the little ones to catch up and sing along, rather quickly.

The book covers the most common sounds of each letters in the Alphabet and help to give the little ones a start to phonemic awareness and decoding letters into sounds with lots of songs and story telling. At the beginning of the book, Julia Gabriel herself provided a guide for parents, to use the book with suggested activities and prompt, both with and without the music CD.

Accompanied by the colourful and vivid illustrations by Kathy Creamer, the book is packed with animated characters and pleasing colours, thus making the learning of names and corresponding sounds of the letters fun by providing plenty of mini games for the child to play with, such as finding the Rainbow bear on each page, identifying the animals and objects, looking for the capital and small letters of the alphabet and many more! 

We can encourage the little ones to find the objects beginning with the key letter on each page. A list of these words is provided at the end of the book. :)

Little Brother is intrigued by the images on the book, he always flipped the book and point out objects he recognised to show us!

He also loves looking through the book on his own while I played the CD in the background. I am surprised he can recognised objected that I have never introduced to him myself! 


Sharing is loving! I have two sets of "An Alphabet Zoo" to giveaway to two lucky readers on my blog! For a chance to win, simply follow all the steps below:

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    Leave a comment on the blog below, to share how you will/can use the book creatively to teach your children the letters or phonics!
    Please remember to include your name and email address so that I can contact you if you win. 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Strictly for Singapore only. 
  • One winner per household. 
  • Giveaway ends on Sunday, 10 May 2015, at 1159pm.
  • Winners will be picked and announced on the blog and Facebook Page

Thank you all for participating in the above giveaway! The contest is now closed. And winners have been drawn. :)

Congrats to Michelle and Alicia! :) 

More information

Book Name: An Alphabet Zoo Phonemic Adventure with Rainbow Bear 
Created by: Julia Gabriel 
Illustrated by: Kathy Creamer
Price: The book + song CD costs $29.95 and is available at bookstores, educational stores and Julia Gabriel Centre. 

An introductory reading adventure that lays the foundations for confident reading. For children 2 – 5 years old. Written by Julia Gabriel, the book set is accompanied by a songbook and CD, and includes lots of fun facts, activities and tongue twisters for children, parents and teachers. 

A learning adventure with Rainbow Bear Rainbow Bear was conceived over 25 years ago by Julia Gabriel (Founder and Director, Julia Gabriel Education) with the aim of laying the foundations for confident, articulate and expressive communication skills in the most engaging manner possible. Beautifully illustrated books, finger puppets and hand puppets, as well as music CDs and songbooks, comprise the current Rainbow Bear range. These colourful, stimulating and highly enjoyable literacy aids have been specifically designed to compliment any pre-school’s early childhood curriculum and learning strategies, as well as to create hours of fun at home for young children and their families. 

Disclaimer: I was invited to do a review on a book that I won last year, and to conduct a giveaway for my readers. No other form of compensation is involved. All images and opinions are my own, unless otherwise indicated. 

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