When September rolls around, I'll be reading to a new class of second graders, so I've been on the lookout for fun books. Fun is one of my main criteria for read-aloud days, and Brian P. Cleary's Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes and Other Tricky Tongue Twisters fits the bill well. Cleary, a prolific author of humorous grammar books and other works, even includes instructions for making up your own tongue twisters; on a page at the back of the book, he spells out exactly how tongue twisters work, which has to do with thimilar thounds in repetition.
With one tongue twister per every page or so and big, cheerful illustrations (by Steve Mack) that ought to show well from a distance, this picture book is a quick read, providing plenty of time for practice. Be prepared for, er, schlip-ups on such sentences as "Sasha shifted as she sifted..."
Today is Nonfiction Monday at many of the children's literature blogs. You'll find a roundup of posts at Apples with Many Seeds.
image borrowed from Powell's Books