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ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book Board book – June 2, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (June 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525475249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525475248
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-An inventive and beautifully illustrated book. Each page features a scene highlighting one object (apple, balloon, cow, etc.), the corresponding upper- and lowercase letter, and a simple declarative sentence ("a is for apple"). Most of the items will be familiar to young listeners. Each featured object is surrounded by several smaller things that begin with the same letter, as well as a tiny image of the key item on the following page. Thus, young readers can play "I Spy" and reinforce their understanding of the letter and its sound. The pictures add another dimension, telling an underlying story, as a woman bids farewell to a man who embarks on a journey that leads him to exotic settings where he encounters many of the featured objects. This element of fantasy is sure to provide smiles of recognition and delight. The final picture brings everyone and everything together in a nontraditional zoo. As in Jay's Picture This- (Dutton, 2000), the illustrations are captivating. The watercolor washes are done over backgrounds that simulate crazed porcelain, lending an old-fashioned feel to the paintings. The colors are easy on the eye, and the scenes are filled with marvelous detail, a clear sense of movement, and more than a touch of whimsy. A list of the items included appears at the end. More extensive than Bruno Munari's ABC (1960; Chronicle, 2003), this is a sure bet for youngsters who like to participate actively while learning their letters.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 2. Similar in look and concept to Jay's Picture This (2000), this imaginative alphabet book offers visual clues to track and a story to tease out in its beautiful paintings. Each picture focuses on one large item that corresponds to a letter in the alphabet, named below the picture. For "C is for cow," a cow with an elongated body arches across a sky spreading over a landscape dotted with other items having names beginning with the letter C (a car and a cat, for example), which show up again in later pictures. The woman driving the car appears in many pictures, as does a man, first seen in a hot-air balloon, who goes on a trip and corresponds with the woman. Older children will flip from page to page, finding the simple story, drawing connections, and naming the letter-related objects. Younger ones can simply enjoy the delightful paintings with their crackle-glazed folk art look and touches of humor, including a bespectacled giraffe trimming topiary, an owl wearing a pence nez, and other animals who appear together for the last letter and word, the inevitable "z is for zoo." Kathleen Odean
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is a high-quality book that I suspect children will find engaging as they grow older.
Hazel Zwick
This book has beautiful, magical, colorful, captivating illustrations and is so cleverly done!
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We got this book for our then 9 month old and both my husband and I love reading it to him.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on June 9, 2005
Format: Board book
I wasn't especially impressed when I first saw this book. A is for apple, B is for balloon, C is for cow, basic stuff. The only thing interesting was "X marks the spot" instead of "X is for X-ray or Xylophone".

Then I realized that I'd seen many of the creatures in Z is for zoo earlier in the book.

So I re-read it. Several re-reads later, I realized that there was a tentative story in this book. Do the women and the man love each other? They write letters. Hearts are a periodic motif. The woman paints, the man explores. Do they miss each other?

So maybe a toddler won't understand that. But this is an alphabet book they'll read past toddlerhood.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rhino king on January 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for babies up to preschool. The pictures are simple at first, but the harder you look the more you see. My two year old enjoys shouting out everything she sees in the pictures. It is fun for us as parents to read as well. We try to find everything with that letter. It is kind of like a Where's Waldo for little ones.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Beaupre on August 18, 2008
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I love reading this book to my 7 month old. The illustrations are gorgeous for adults to enjoy and whimsical and fun for children to gaze at. Every time we read it, I find something new I hadn't seen before -- it's such an inventive book with a lovely little "storyline" and connections between pages. We'll never get bored with it!
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By Emma on July 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I originally bought this for my almost-2-year-old because I wanted him to have a new alphabet book with both upper and lower case letters shown (there are not many out there besides chicka chicka boom boom). Instead it has become a favorite of my three year old who already knows her letters. The reason: this book shows the letters and has beautiful illustrations of many items in one picture that begin with each letter. Some things are easy to find in the picture and others are more challenging. It is a beautiful book that provides "I spy" and "Where's Waldo" type challenges. I highly recommend this book for the 1-5 crowd.
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By spacecat on July 17, 2006
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We got this book for our then 9 month old and both my husband and I love reading it to him. We got the board book version since he tends to want to rip regular books. This book has wonderful illustrations and our son (now 13 months) loves looking and pointing at the pictures (and trying to say what they are). And as adults it doesn't tire as quickly as other books since the illustrations are so well done and have many hidden things to find. I just bought another copy of it for a friend of mine who is about to have her first child. I would highly recommend this for babies on up to pre-school....
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By R. Halk on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations are wonderful. Each page has a main image corresponding to the letter, but also many minor examples as well. Cow is the main picture for 'C', but there is also a cat, car, cabbage, etc.

So many of the ABC books on the market today have unusual themes or exotic examples; it was refreshing to find a book with classic examples that every child can identify with.

The running themes and hints as to what is on the next page make it an enjoyable book for Mom and Dad as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By catching a ride on a dandelion on November 13, 2012
Format: Board book
I bought this book when my daughter was 2 or 3 to teach her the alphabets. She's now 8 and we recently saw the picture cards they've created. It is perhaps a testament to the lasting impression of this book that she stopped to pick up the cards immediately and said - Mom look! She also wanted to buy the picture cards but that's another lesson altogether.

This is one of my favourite books for her - the illustrations are beautiful and almost dreamlike. There's the obvious example for each alphabet but the most amazing is what you can discover on each page. A is not just for the apple but also for the ant and the aeroplane. This book can take you 5 minutes or 45 minutes to complete depending on your child and the stories that you can tell from just that one picture on each page.

The book is forever special for the stories we made up so that even when she was 5 the book still formed part of the bedtime story collection. In its rich illustrations it allowed a world of stories to open up but told through hours between the parent and the child. Stories made up along the way, not always great, oftentimes disjointed but all special for what it achieved.

I cannot recommend this book enough - it is so understated but just simply amazing for it.
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By Sprout on February 28, 2006
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This is one of the BEST children's books my family owns -- I plan to buy additional copies to give as gifts to my friends for their children! This book has beautiful, magical, colorful, captivating illustrations and is so cleverly done! My oldest son is 26 months and just loves looking through the book! I enjoy reading and looking through this book as much as he does! You won't be disappointed!
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