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Subject: Names for children's books
Question: Hello,

Your website is very informative and thank you so much for
making
the information available online.

I am writing a children's story book and am not yet settled on
the main character's name. Its working title is ''Gerry Giraffe''
and it is aimed at very young children, probably 18 months - 2
year old.

Am I correct in assuming that names beginning with English vowels
are easier for very young children to pronounce?

If this is correct, I wonder what names, either male or female,
your panel could suggest I use for the main giraffe character.

I am keen that the name can be easily pronounced or at least
attempted by a very young child.

I look forward to your reply.

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Flynn

From: Elizabeth Flynn
Date: 17-Sep-2013
Replies:
  1. Re: Names for children's books    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (17-Sep-2013)

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