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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
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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
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Not exactly what I had in mind. I bought this as a beginner book for an 18 month old. It would have been fine except the pictures were very stylized. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Greggy
I adore Alison Jay's children's books and illustrations. I wish she had more out there.Published 15 days ago by dreamforaninsomniac
This is one of our favorite books EVER! Illustrated beautifully and easy to get through--its perfect for toddlers!Published 7 months ago by Kristen L. Henschen
A beautifully crafted and well thought out ABC book. The illustrations are incredible and my young ones like pointing out all of the detailed items with the same letter and the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Todd Etter
Beautiful illustrated and smartly written book for both children and adults. Look for the hidden clues with matching rhyming word play. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C.Bogard
Beautiful book with so many fun things to look for in each page. Our daughter will be reading this book for years, and will keep finding new things in the book as she gets older.Published 11 months ago by Aurora
I love Alison Jay's illustrations! I enjoy reading it to my son over and over again. It's fun trying to find other subjects that begin with the same letter on each page. Read morePublished 12 months ago by cindy