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A Is for Annabelle Hardcover – July 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689828454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689828454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Young children will welcome the return of a classic from the mother of children's illustrators, Tasha Tudor. A Is for Annabelle is a quaint, old-fashioned alphabet book graced with Tudor's intricately detailed, highly appealing illustrations. Annabelle is a china doll that belonged to Grandmother. Two little girls play their way through the alphabet, dressing up this lovely doll ("H is her Hat with an elegant feather") all the way through X ("the letter for which I've no rhyme"), Y ("the Yarn her stockings to mend"), and Z ("her Zither and this is the end"). Alternating black-and-white illustrations with full-color spreads, Tudor surrounds each page with a graceful floral border and includes such charming details as a sewing basket with a pincushion, a cricket peering at a pink patchwork quilt, and the tiny boxes containing Annabelle's hats, slippers, and earrings. Little girls will find Annabelle and her alphabetical wardrobe irresistible.

Tasha Tudor is the Caldecott Honor artist of 1 Is One and more than 90 other well-loved picture books. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Doll lovers of all ages will welcome the alphabet book homage A Is for Annabelle by Tasha Tudor, starring an exquisitely appointed doll and her accoutrements. Originally published in 1954, the volume alternates full-color spreads with b&w drawings, all steeped in Tudor's customary charm.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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The language is beautiful as are the illustrations.
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Learning to read was very hard for me but I wanted to be able to read this book so much I keep trying.
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This is a fun book for young children and fun for parents to read out loud.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Leieritz (briz@home.com) on November 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
My great-grandmother gave me this book as a child and I have loved it ever since. Much to my dismay, the pages of my copy were destroyed in a sprinkler accident many years ago and I am desperate to find another. The illustrations in "A is for Annabelle" bring to life a dreamlike era of Western history. Though some of the items listed are so bygone that we may not recognize them now, their ethereal quality somehow evokes a nostalgic sigh. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I want nothing more than to share this childhood favorite with her and let her know that there is beauty outside of Teletubbies.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on November 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Who can resist Tasha Tudor's lovely illustrations? This ABC book starts with Annabelle, the antique doll, and goes on to show her bonnet, cape, and wonderful clothes and accessories.

I loved this book when I was little. The idea of a doll having her own trunk really intrigued me in the late 1950s. Everyone was getting those ballerina dolls, but I wanted an old-fashioned doll like Annabelle. My mother must have liked it too, as she sewed up a wardrobe from scraps to transform my doll into one like Annabelle.

Treat your little one to this book and start them on the path to enjoying and treasuring things from the past.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DS Acton on July 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a book I remimber from my childhood. It was the first friend I found at the library. Learning to read was very hard for me but I wanted to be able to read this book so much I keep trying. My daughter also loved this book. She is already planing to share it with her daughter and granddaughter some distant day. This book has also inspired a doll colection of hers. Tasha Tudor's soft rich illistrations inspire lingering over. This book is for the 4-6 set what "The Secret Garden" and "Anne of Green Gables" are for older girls pure girlhood, classic lititure. Don't miss putting this one on the shelf of your little one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1997
Format: Library Binding
I have always been an avid reader. In my childhood
this was one of my favorite books. When I started
my own family I was constantly going through inter
library loans to find this book. My children
enjoyed it and I loved sharing something with them
that was a fond memory from my childhood.
This book not only teaches the alphabet, it
also brings to life some histotical references that can
help children to appreciate the past as well as
the history of older members of their families.In
describing the various items related to the doll,
Annabelle, we are transported into the treasured
world of a young girl allowed the priviledge of
exploring her grandmothers special treasures, an
activity that used to be one of the wonders of
growing up.
I would recommend this book to parents and
anyone else who might like to take a short trip
back in time to their childhood.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By amott@hotmail.com on March 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a present when I was about six years old. I came across this book the other day and I realized that I still have the entire book memorized! The book tells the story of a child going through the "b"ox on the chest in in hall" that contains her grandmother's doll and all the wonderful costumes and accessories of the Victorian doll completely in rhyme. The pictures are too beautiful for words. From Annabelle's "J"acket that she wears in the fall" to her "H"at with a elegant feather" this is a wonderful book to read aloud to a child and the beauty of the book will interest a young reader that would normally be too old for alphabet books. By the Way... I still have "A" is for Annabelle
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrizia VINE VOICE on October 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For years I looked for a reasonable copy of this book for a decent price, I scoured Ebay and ABE and found a few, but when I saw that it has been reprinted I was thrilled, this was a favorite book of mine as a child and I still have it in my head word for word. I can't wait to get my copy :), you will treasure it always, it is a wonderful gift for kids of all ages
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed this book since I was a child, and plan to share it with my niece. Tasha Tudor's incredible illustrations capture the beauty of Annabelle, her wonderful costumes and accessories, as well as the Victoria era itself. It's a gentle reminder of the innocent times of the past.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Jo Powers on December 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
WOW! I am so glad to see this book back in print. My sister and I grew up pouring over our mother's copy and now that we both have daughters of our own we haven't known who gets to have A is for Annabelle. Now we can both have our own! This book is so delightful for little girls just starting out with their letters and learning to read. And the pictures are to die for. If there is a little girl in your life, do yourself and them a favor and BUY THIS BOOK!!!!
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