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C D B! [Paperback]

William Steig
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July 1988
Wonderfully witty drawings illustrate rebus jokes to entertain the whole family. When you're asked, R U OK?, you answer, I M OK. R U? Black-and-white illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671666894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671666897
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,380,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! 21 Mar 2014
By Alumni
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This is a classic, very imaginative and enjoyably challenging book from the creator of 'Shrek'. Adults may enjoy it even more than kids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars B N D G - R - A - V ! 10 Aug 2004
Learning to read is a process of decoding abstract symbols (letters) to form meaningful patterns. In the process, we learn the name for these letters. Having gone that far, we quickly suppress that knowledge from our reading -- except when we solve rebuses. In this humorous children's book, William Steig takes those names of letters and numbers and shows us another way to decode the symbols to form meaning. For those who are just past the beginning reader stage, this provides an opportunity to play with words and take new enjoyment from their flexible forms.
The title of the book is an example. You simply say the letters and think of a word that sound represents: C -- See; D -- Dee (the, with a little imagination); B -- Bee . . . or See the bee!
The back of the book's jacket has some examples to help you get the technique. When letters and numbers are connected by hyphens, that means that they combine into one word: B - 4 is "before."
Each sentence or brief paragraph also comes with a wonderful cartoon, drawn in Mr. Steig's familiar style from his work for The New Yorker. These images gives clues as to what the sentences say. In this edition of the book, water colors have been added to make the images more appealing. This also relieves the abstractness of the "sentences" (or S-N-T-N-C-S).
B-4 U P-N-K, R-M-M-B-R D K N D N-D. So you can get everyone right, even if you cannot decipher them without help!
Children find this book fascinating and fun. It also encourages them to use their natural tendency to be creative with spelling.
A good follow-on exercise is to rewrite the sentences in the book using other combinations of letters.
After this book pales, you can go on to rebuses or Pig Latin, or any other form of communication that is fun for both your child and you.
F U R L-K M-E U'L A-V A B-U-T-F-L T-M! N-J!
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5.0 out of 5 stars N X-L-N book for anyone who knows the alphabet. 25 April 2001
By A Customer
This has been one of my favorite books for as long as I can remember. The illustrations are delightful, and your four-year-old will be able to join you in happy snickering as she "gets" the puns right along with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Fun! 28 Jun 2001
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
I used this book in an elementary classroom. When the children came in each morning, they would look at the board to get the day's riddle. They had fun and I got a couple of minutes of peace in the mornings. They felt SO SMART when they solved each one. They even started to make up their own riddles to put on the board and got such a kick out of letting their classmates in on the answers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Fest 2000 24 Mar 2000
By Mrs. Limberakis and Students - Published on Amazon.com
Using letters, numbers, and simple pictures, this book can be fun for all ages! This year our school had a reading fest and this was one of the books. We made up and illustrated our own sayings. It was hard at first and then we got the hang of it. It was our favorite book of the day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars cute! 31 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
this book is just adorable...C D B? D B S A B-Z B. (see the bee? the bee is a busy bee.) and so forth and so on...just great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for older children, too! 10 Aug 2001
By "linneajean" - Published on Amazon.com
This little gem hardly belongs in the E section of the library. I have used it with gifted fifth graders for many years as an "interactive readaloud," and they absolutely love it. Few 4- to 8-year-olds could be expected to read C d b!independently. This extremely creative book will delight any adult who chooses to share it with a child, and it could lead to an interest in automobile vanity plates with a message. Highly recommended. (Steig's follow-up, C d c! is far more challenging than C d b!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the Whole Family 25 May 2000
By Roz Levine - Published on Amazon.com
CDB (See the Bee) is truly a wonderful book of letter puzzles everyone in the family will enjoy. William Steig has included his colorful cartoon pictures to help decipher the puzzles and once you and your youngster(s) get the hang of it you'll be able to figure out even the hardest ones. There's even an answer key included at the back of the book. This book is a treasure for the whole family to solve and solve again. A must for all home libraries.
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