Here’s what Pat K wrote about the picture book I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff:
I love the idea of writing letters back and forth to Mom. As a former English teacher, I know the importance of starting children early in expressing themselves in writing. Even drawing pictures and pretend writing is a wonderful exercise for children to become literate. I think this story would be a great vehicle to encourage children to write.
I hadn’t thought about that when I read the story, but I absolutely agree. I also think it would be a fun and challenging exercise for young readers and writers and their parents to try at home. Try writing short notes back and forth to each other. This would be a terrific way for children to practice their reading and writing skills. And like Pat K mentioned in her comment above, drawing pictures is a great idea too. Pictures would assist with word recognition and perhaps help children learn words more quickly.