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A to Z Board book – October 11, 1984


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From the Publisher

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

About the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon (October 11, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671493175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671493172
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children's author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children's books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times Bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold--"mostly to friends and family," she says. She has also written (with Michael Ford) and produced five albums of renegade children's music. Three of her five albums have been certified Gold [over 500,000 copies sold] and "Philadelphia Chickens," nominated for a Grammy, has been certified Platinum [over 1 million copies sold.] Boynton has also directed six music videos of her songs, including the award-winning "One Shoe Blues" starring B B King. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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161 of 213 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on January 13, 2000
Format: Board book
A to Z has a big problem in my opinion. It is a very simple children's book with some very cute illustrations of animals (A to Z). Each animal is engaged in an action that also begins with the first letter of it's name (e.g. Kangaroos Kissing). There are lots of made up animals, I'm assuming to account for the rarity of animals beginning with "Q" and "X" etc. The part that I don't like is the fictitious "Uglybirds" whose action is simply "Being Ugly". The illustration that goes along with this so-called ugliness is very disturbing. The "Uglybirds" have atypical bird features that seem intentional. They are green and purple, and have messed up feathers and big bulging eyes and are very "Different" from the "normal" birds in this and other books. Upon reading this, my wife and I agreed that we would never repeat this section while reading to our daughter. Although I do intend on teaching my daughter about ugliness (Racism, Violence, contempt, etc.). I think that it is a quality that shouldn't be used to describe physical appearance. When my daughter encounters a person who is physically unusual, I hope that I have instilled in her the values to disregard what others might find "Ugly". I know that some might think that I'm overanalyzing such an innocent entry in a child's book, I think that parents need to be more careful about the messages that they are sending about ugliness.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1997
Format: Board book
Sandra Boynton's brightly color books have rhymed their way into our family's heart- and this is one of her classics. We can recite most of her bouncy upbeat board books without even opening them. If I could meet this author, I would throw my arms around her and thank her for the millions of giggles her whimsical books have brought to my children.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Battison on June 18, 2001
Format: Board book
This is a great book which my son loves to read. It teaches him his ABC's plus the pictures are great. We have almost all of Sandra Boynton's book collection. Highly recommend it.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "viloria" on January 27, 2002
Format: Board book
My son enjoys reading this book, and it helped him learn his ABCs pretty quickly. My wife and I were worried initially about the "Ugly Birds Being Ugly" page, because we thought our son would go around poking fun at the physical appearances of others. But he didn't. Looks like we managed to teach him how to respect others. As for Sandra Boynton's book, our 5-year old smiles at the letter "U" page not because of how the birds look, but because of how the phrase sounds (onomatopoeiatically speaking, that is). When I scrunched up my face and asked him if Daddy was being ugly, he said No because I wasn't some bird drawing made by Sandra Boynton. I recommend this book not only for the entertainment value, but for the opportunity to teach children how to draw the line between fun reading, and respecting others. Afterall, I'd rather my child hears the word "ugly" from me (plus parental explanation), than from someone else in the school playground.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 24, 2002
Format: Board book
My 4-month-old daughter LOVES Sandra Boynton books. We have ten of them and they are her favorites. She loves the simple stories and the bright, vibrant pictures. I point to the words and the pictures as we go through them & she giggles almost non-stop. She even tries to help me turn the pages. (Of course, she also has tried to eat the books, but she's only four months old.)
There seems to be a lot of discussion regarding the "ugly birds." As an education professional, I think it is important not to under-estimate the intelligence of children. Many will take the phrase at face-value and see it for what it is, a silly statement that sounds funny and "tickles" when you read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Denise Levine on December 5, 2007
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A wonderful alphabet book for babies and toddlers, amusingly written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton!
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By Lola on August 23, 2012
Format: Board book
When so many alphabet books rely on A is for apple, B is for ball, etc., this one is a refreshing change of pace. We love Boynton books in our house for their delightful quirkiness, and this alphabet is no exception. Each letter is represented by an animal doing an alliterative verb-- my personal favorite is "vicuña violining" (I'm a dorky fan of llamas and their kin). The pictures are simple enough not to be overwhelming but detailed enough to be satisfying to my busy little one, and interesting enough for Mom, too. Great for learning/reinforcing the ABCs and for inciting a few giggles, too. I highly recommend it!
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By M. Clark on October 10, 2013
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A to Z is my favorite alphabet book that I've found so far! It seems that so many alphabet books are boring, and since my daughter wants to read books all the time I needed one that I wouldn't mind reading. While some think that the "Ugly birds being Ugly" is offensive/lame/not appropriate, I think it makes the book for me! I don't want another alphabet book that has "umbrella" for the letter "u". I want a book that is more unique and funny. I used it as an opportunity to teach my daughter that just because something may be ugly doesn't mean it's bad. Thank you, Sandra Boynton for another funny book!
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