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The Children’s Book Review
Jump on the Bump
Written and Illustrated by Glen A. Penrod
Age Range: 3+
Paperback: 30 pages
Publisher: Dymon Publications (October 27, 2017)
What to expect: Phonics and Fun
In Jump on the Bump, a young boy and girl jump gleefully on a bump in the forest. But what exactly is the bump? Let’s just say they may encounter a grump.
Using only twelve words and focusing on the letter combination of –ump, Glen A. Penrod has created a sweetly engaging picture book that is ideal for beginner readers. Repetition leads to mastering sounds and this book offers plenty of opportunities to practice with jump, bump, lump, hump, grump, rump, and stump. These words, combined with a few new easy words, cleverly carry the story of the boy and the girl who jump on a bump that’s a lump. No, it’s a hump. Oops! Now it’s a grump. How will the children handle this problematic moment? Of course, with an apology and the discovery of a new, great place to jump—a stump!
Carefully constructed and paced to pure perfection, this book will boost confidence in young readers while also eliciting giggles. The illustrations are delightful, capturing the essence of childhood playfulness through the happy children and the use of a joyfully bright yet soft forest color palette.
A set of Jump on the Bump would make an excellent choice for a classroom of beginner readers, as well as being a fantastic choice for at-home reading practice. Highly Recommended.
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About the Author
Glen Penrod is an author and publisher of books and materials for children and learners of English as a Second Language. He holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and has taught English at universities and other institutions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and the U.S. He loves learning and teaching languages and traveling to exotic places around the world. When he is not on a plane, on the slopes, in the ocean, on the racquetball court, creating websites, meeting with international friends, trying out new cuisines, or running from public office, you will find him quietly relaxing at home.
For more information, visit https://eslgold.com/fun-kids-books/.
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