Xiomara the Xiphodon by Sally Lee Baker
Baker pens a wonderfully fun story in Xiomara the Xiphodon. I have the books in this series, Grandma's Books, that came before this one. Each book explores a letter of the alphabet, with grand characters. This one, even I learned something. I had no idea what a Xiphodon was until I met Xiomara. The letter this book explores is the X, not something that is as easy to illustrate and teach children, let alone come up with enough words the contain the letter X. Baker shows the reader how the word Xiphodon is pronounced, and takes us on a grand adventure for the non-extinct Ziomara. Ziomara felt alone and it made her sad, but her friends, helped with that. The illustrations were wonderful and engaging. I like that Baker does her own illustrations. This book would be perfect to read to a child or have the child read it back. It's very educational and has a great moral to it. It's fun to read, and very enjoyable. Xiomara the Xiphodon is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. I look forward to reading many more stories by this author.