The Dread Pirate Grasshopper Has His First Run-In With the Peculiarities of the English Language.
So The Equuschick and the DPG were going through a random alphabet book, (honestly don’t remember which one) and it turned out to be one of those very silly ones, supposedly for very small tots, that introduces exceptions. For example, at C:
“C says Kkk or Ssss,” said The Equuschick, turning the page. “For caterpillar!” Next page was a cheetah. “Oh. Ok, well, yes. Sometimes, if a C comes before an H, it makes the ch sound,” explained The Equuschick.
“Aha!” said the Dread Pirate Grasshopper. “Like cello!”
“Um, yes! Sort of…um..oh look! Here’s D, for deer.”
Poor fellow. The trouble with “cello” of course is that it isn’t an English word to begin with, but The Equuschick wasn’t inclined to get into that either. It seemed best to move on. Silly alphabet book.
But then there is the delightful:
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books)
And you can never go wrong with Dr. Seuss.
For the most part though, The Equuschick and the DPG just write and sing the alphabet. Better luck that way, especially if you’re writing the alphabet inside a giant cardboard box and calling it an Indian cave painting.
(But then, this method works best for little boys who are familiar with Blaze and the Indian Cave [A Billy and Blaze Book].)