This collection of 115 poems is meant to be read aloud so that children hear a particular language sound again and again, in word after word, all within an enticing and meaningful context. For each poem there are word lists, hands-on activities, plus unique Focusing Talk "TM" activities that help you model vocabulary in conversations with children. Phonics Link activities begin formal phonics instruction. The book is indexed by title, author, first line, theme, and by sounds. Here's a playful and interesting context for building phonemic awareness of short vowels, long vowels, consonants, and initial blends.