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Abstract Alphabet: An Animal ABC Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 30, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811829405
  • ASIN: B0000C7GEY
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,584,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Experienced spellers may well rethink reading in this provocative alphabet, originally published in France as Animaux, which substitutes abstract shapes for familiar letters. At first glance, the book induces curiosity (and possible befuddlement). Rather than the animals promised in the subtitle, each spread seems to offer only a small gray letter in the upper left corner, along with disconnected blobs and flattened geometric forms on a white ground. Gradually, patterns emerge: a blue oval dominates the page marked B, a skinny brown rectangle is first among the shapes on the T page. Six symbols including two blue ovals and one brown rectangle appear in orderly fashion below the letter R; by making the appropriate exchanges, readers can spell "rabbit" and glean the symbols for A and I. Impatient codebreakers can use a lift-the-flap key to the 26 symbols, but persistent players will find that the "animal" clue gives direction and that certain signs appear frequently (e.g., the oblong orange A sign occurs in compositions from "cat" to "quail"). Cox (The Adventures of Archibald the Koala) stencils the shapes, and subtly visible brushstrokes soften the opaque forms. The book has numerous applications: amateur semioticians will ponder the heady concept of an alphabet as a symbolic system; modernists will note how the artfully arranged boomerang and leaf shapes recall Paul Klee and Ilya Bolotowsky's canvases. Generalists, on the other hand, can appreciate a challenging and exceptionally cool-looking game. Ages 6-up.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Pierce on February 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I teach the gifted at an elementary level and they LOVED this book! We first "read" it and determined the code. Then we created our own abstract alphabet book. Some are doing books of people, foods, or places. Two boys are doing an abstract alphabet book about themselves. It's a great springboard for creative thinking. I hope to see more books like this in the future.
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By Susan J. Badalamenti on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is fantastic. All my grandchilren, ages 4-8, have enjoyed this book. We also made up many other words using the alphabet guide.
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By Julie K Courtney on January 9, 2015
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Not sure how I will use this. Not really grandchild stuff unless focussed on different learning skills. Interesting.
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