Saturday, May 15, 2004

ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book

Jay, Alison. 2003. ABC: A CHILD’S FIRST ALPHABET BOOK. New York: Dutton Children’s Books. ISBN 0525469516 [Suggested Grade Levels Preschool-2]

This delightful book talks about the alphabet. Each page has the upper and lower case of letter. All the letters are accompanied by a large object and several smaller objects that start with the same letter. The pictures are followed by a simple sentence. At the end of the book, all the pictures are tied together in a large zoo. The back of the book contains the letters and the objects that go with them.

All the soft watercolor washes were painted onto a background that resembled cracked porcelain which gave the illustrations a folksy touch. The beautiful pictures a lot of detail which makes them look realistic. She also added some funny touches. For example, the owl wears a small pair of eyeglasses. Another example is when the panda ties a napkin around his neck before eating. She also uses different types of borders. For the letter k, the picture is shaped like a keyhole. With the letter s, the picture expands over two pages. The book makes learning the alphabet fun.

Children can play the I Spy game which will make easier for them to learn about the letters and their sounds.

Since kids learn through repetition, this is a good opportunity to get parents to participate. Parents can read this book to their kid which is also a good bonding experience for parents and children.


Other stories about the alphabet:
Sabuda, Robert. THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET. ISBN 0531068579
Seuss, Dr. DR. SEUSS’S ABC: AN AMAZING BOOK. ISBN 0679882812
Wood, Audrey. ALPHABET MYSTERY. ISBN 0439443377

By Christine Cortez

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