by William Steig


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U can read this, S?
S E-Z!

Vibrant color brings new life to Caldecott Medal-winning New Yorker cartoonist William Steig's classic puzzle book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689831607
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 516,689
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

William Steig (1907–2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator, and author of award-winning books for children. Most notably Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, for which he received the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award Finalist; and Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor books. Steig is also the creator of Shrek! which inspired the Dreamworks films. Steig also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, the America Book Award, and Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also the US nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards as an illustrator in 1982, and then as an author in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Steig, and four children.

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CDB! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
michelleraphael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted to give five stars but some parts of this book are quite hard to understand. This book is get for students that spell words the way they sound. The best part is "I M 2 O-L 4 U."
Ms.Penniman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Retelling: This is not a story so much as a series of puzzles. Author and cartoonist William Steig and his wife and collaborator Jeanne use letters in the English language that sound like words to create sentences. For example, the title of the book, "C D B!" means "See the bee." The illustrations in the book will help you crack the code if you can't right away and there is an answer key at the end if you get too stuck.Thoughts and Feelings: Reading this book was a little like learning to read all over again. First you make the sounds, then you change them a bit, then you put the emphasis in a different place or use a different tone and eventually a whole sentence with meaning emerges! I found it delightful!
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read aloud of upper elementary kids.
curioussquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time! My dad loves these little things and I have really fond memories of reading it with him as a kid.
citygirlNYC More than 1 year ago
A great, clever book for young readers who know how to read real words and thus understand the joke.
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FirstGradeTeacher More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent to teach elementary students and their parents about comprehension, re-reading to understand and using picture cues. It's a fun, challenging and funny book to spark interests in books. The words of each page are written just like the title CDB (meaning-See the bee!) yet can challenge everyone to use pictures, their knowledge of language and words and a little creativity to figure out what is said. My students and their parents loved it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My dad introduced this book to me in second grade. I loved it! Next year he gave it to me for Christmas, and I spent many happy hours reading it. Now I am thirteen and this book has still not lost its appeal for me. I reccomend it to anyone with a sense of humor! (If you don't have a sense of humor, you'd better stay away from me!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 Stein 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! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in grade school. I was thrilled to see it is still in great force. The book is fun for those just learning their letters, and it makes them feel more confident to try more reading.I love to write messages on my screensaver for my co-workers to figure out. Sometimes I get so tired, that,' I F-N N-E N-R-G.'(I HAVEN'T ANY ENERGY) This book helped create many fun word games with my father and I, and now I am creating them with my children! N-Q!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Book For Kids. Very cute and funny. Any child who knows their alphabet can read it.