The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia

Title

The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia

Authors

Diane Robb

Illustrator

Gail Piazza

Publisher

Albert Whitman & Company

Publication Year

2004

ISBN

9780807503027

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But "p" looked like "q," and "b" looked like "d." Adam would rather color or mold clay. In first grade, his teacher wanted him to put the letters into words so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War. "Was" looked like "saw," and "there" looked like "then." Almost everyone else in his class was learning to read, but Adam was fighting a war against letters. In second grade, he had to learn to spell, which was also impossible. Now he was so frustrated he got into trouble and had to go to the principal's office. At last, in third grade, he got the right kind of help. Slowly he began to do better. During fourth grade, he learned that he could excel in other things. That gave him the confidence to take chances with reading. One day he found himself reading a book all by himself.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

680L

Diversity Topics

Disability and Health; Learning disability; dyslexia; child with dyslexia; reading disability

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2004 Special Interests Health

Keywords

elementary school; growing up; books; reading; specialized help; learning; personal success

Diversity Impact

direct

The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia

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