By now the king held court from his place on
Learning much from the children, like how to spell "sock".
The kingdom was happy to have now a king;
Just as happy as the king was to learn everything!
The little boy was most noble indeed
As he continued to teach the vain king to learn and to read.
The king promised the boy fancy jewelry and
a gold bell,
But the boy turned him down and said,
"Let's just learn to read and spell."
from The King of Skittledeedoo
What is The King of Skittledeedoo about?
The King of Skittledeedoo is a very happy king and so
are his people, until one day when tragedy strikes the land.
The kingdom burns down to the ground. From castle to stable,
there is nothing left. The king escapes the castle with nothing
but a towel. His people don't recognize him without his rings,
crown, and regal clothes. They put him to the test to prove
his kingly worth and he fails them all! He can't even spell
the simplest words such as "mother" or "Skittledeedoo". Two
children in the town decide to take their king to school where
he can learn the three R's, something everyone needs to know,
king or not.
What is the purpose of The King of Skittledeedoo?
King of Skittledeedoo is geared for children ranging in
age from three to eight, which means from non-readers to basic
readers. They start out having their parents read the book with
them and learn to recognize the meanings of the words from the
eye-catching illustrations. Scattered throughout the book are
words spelled out in the illustrations that help them to learn
to spell. As they become better readers, they can start to read
the book on their own, first making up the story as they look
at the pictures, then recognizing that certain words have specific
meanings and getting a firmer grasp of the content of the story,
and finally being able to read and comprehend every word in
the book without needing the beautiful illustrations as a guide.
Studies have shown that children who are able to read go on
to value learning and reading for the rest of their lives. Illiteracy
cuts across all social and economic levels, and illiteracy is
a barrier to high levels of success in life and results in low
self-esteem in adults. By being exposed to books early on, children
are better prepared for academic and social success.
It is important to get children excited about learning and
reading from the beginning, in order to prevent them from becoming
illiterate as they progress through school and into life.