Must-Read Monday {Pirates and Limericks, Oh my!}

Today, I'm excited to share with you a book that was written by someone at my very own school!  I must say that we have the BEST speech teacher ever!  She is always sharing her knowledge about words and language with teachers at school, volunteering to come read in our classrooms, informing parents of games and strategies to use at home....I could go on and on.  On top of all of that, she is a published author of this wonderful treasure...

Here's an excerpt from her page about the book...

The Pirate Who Couldn't Say Arrr was written by a Speech-Language Pathologist who was inspired by her students. For almost every student who said "wabbit" for "rabbit", they were able to answer the question, "what does a pirate say?" with a ferocious and nearly perfect "arrr!". Figuring there must be a magical connection between pirates and "arrr's" (r's), the author captured exactly what the mouth must do to make a perfect /r/ sound and wrote it into a story.

It holds a special place in my heart because I was one of those children who said "wabbit" at an early age and had to attend speech for a year to learn to position my tongue correctly to make the "r" sound.  This book would have made it so much fun!

But, as a regular classroom teacher, I'm not using this book for that purpose.  Another little hidden treasure about this book is that each and every page is written as a limerick!  So, when we're studying poetry, I pull this book out and read it.  Students catch on to the rhythm of limericks very quickly after the repetition provided in this book.

Plus, it's just a fun read!  Who doesn't love pirates??  So, if you're looking for a new book to add to your poetry collection, or for "Talk Like a Pirate Day," or for speech/language - check this book out!

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