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Alphabet House (Board Buddies) Kindle Edition

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PreSchool-Grade 2–Children can open this book to any page and find a catalog of objects beginning with a given letter to identify. The rabbit family that lives in the Alphabet House is also introduced. With no plot or text, the book would be welcomed for preschoolers, who could connect the objects in each room with the letter, as well as older children who will enjoy the I Spy aspect of it. An answer key is included. Wallace's cut-paper illustrations are sharp against the primary-color backgrounds. Endpapers show the complete alphabet in primary-color blocks (although the objects interspersed out of alphabetical order may confuse children). A cheerful concept book for youngsters who are beginning to learn the alphabet and colors.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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PreS-Gr. 2. A large rabbit family lives in a cut-paper Alphabet House: "Come inside, / look and see, things that start / with A to Z." On each page^B, family members, pictured doing some familiar activity, are surrounded by objects that begin with the featured letter, which appears in both upper- and lowercase form in the upper-left corner of the picture. For example, a rabbit boy sits on a bed reading a book, his boots nearby on the floor, a bee at the window, a bat in the corner, and a bird in a box that rests atop some blocks. With the exception of occasional labels to help identify less familiar objects, the book is wordless; the bright, bold collage art does the work. The cut-paper art is clean and uncluttered, and the family context makes the selected objects easier to identify. A list of the items that appear on each page is appended. A good addition to the plethora of alphabet books. Karen Hutt
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Product Details

  • File Size: 8023 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; Brdbk edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008P3J8CU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love being out in Nature in all seasons - hiking, camping, star gazing, playing in the snow, gardening, beach combing - looking... listening...touching... being filled with WONDER. Nature is where many of the ideas for books come from. I love doing research and having those - WOW! I didn't know that - moments. I also paint seascapes... and love going to art museums. Guess which of my books that inspired! I write and illustrate books about what I love to do and what I care about. I love sharing with children and adults, my writing process, how I create my artwork and sharing what I have learned about visual literacy. Happy me, lucky me, being a children's book author and illustrator.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Baltrus, Ph.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2013
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Well it looks I can't upload my photos and I am too lazy to do a video review. So, here it is. I am a parent of a 2, 4, and 5 year old. This means I have been through plenty of alphabet, phonics, sight word books, movies, etc. Anyway, I reviewed this specifically with my 2 year old girl as she needs the practice and other two boys are already mastered their ABCs. Here is what sets this book apart:

1) It's all about the pictures. The author apparently made every single little item on each page for each letter using construction paper, scissors, and glue to a make scene for each letter. There are no other words in the books, just 26 pages of 26 letters but... (read below). These scenes I guess were photographed or something as they appear 3 dimensional but extremely clear and well done.
2) At the end of the book are 2 pages that lists the items on each letter's page that you can you go back I guess ask your kid if they can find them. From a simple book reading perspective and a educational psychology perspective (sorry I have a PhD in ed psych)...this really doesn't seem to be helpful. I suppose if those 2 pages were the first 2 pages perhaps with some quick instructions for the parent on what to do (not that's its obvious) it would maybe have more educational merit.

Other than that, my 2 year old liked the book and was happy Daddy got her a present.

One last knit picky comment, not just for this book but for any book that has a colorful glossy cover and the SAME colorful glossy Hard cover...I ask why? Why waste paper on this, kids tear and lose these paper covers all the time. Maybe it's me but it seems like a waste of money that perhaps could knock a dollar or two off the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shopaholic on June 24, 2013
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I love the unique pictures in this book. Each item on the page looks like it is made out of construction paper, so it is quite different from the artwork in other children's books.

My daughter just turned 3 years old, and she is still in the process of learning her letters. She really loves this book. She enjoys looking at it by herself, but we also read it together and discuss the various pages. We have at least 7 or 8 various alphabet books, but presently this is her favorite.

I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine review program, and I was sent the hardcover version. While the pages inside are quite thick and sturdy, they are still not quite safe from the sometimes clumsy and rough hands of a 3 year old child. It is also available as a board book, which I would recommend rather than the hardcover version, considering the target age group of the book. At the time of this review, the board book is actually less expensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April G on October 3, 2011
Format: Board book
This is a delightfully simple, adorable alphabet book! I don't own the book yet, but we have read it several times at our local library and fallen in love with the pictures. My infant is captivated by the rich colors, while my preschooler enjoys saying the letters and then trying to name every object on the page. The objects begin with that page's letter- for example, the "C" page has cupcakes, carrots on cards, a crab on a computer, etc. Very enjoyable!
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A rabbit family lives in the Alphabet House. Grandpa, Mom and her baby, Ziggy, Zeke, Zinnia, Gradmas, Zoe, Dad, and little Zack live in a house that is filled with things that start with all the letters from A to Z. Dad is sitting in an overstuffed chair reading to Zinnia and the baby. There are all kinds of things in the room that begin with the letter A. Can you see them? There is an abacus, an acorn, an airplane, and alligator, an alphabet book, and four other things. You'll have to look closely at the picture to find them.

Mom and Zoe are hanging up some hooks while Zoe plays with a hula hoop. There are a lot of things that begin with the letter H. Can you see them? There is a hammer, a handkerchief, a hanger, hats, hearts, a hexagon, a hippopotamus, and five other things. You'll have to look closely at this picture as well in order to find them all. The Alphabet House is a fun way to discover and discover things that begin with all the letters of the alphabet. You simply need to open the door and begin to look.

This is a charming ABC book that young children will love. Each letter is printed in both upper and lower case in the upper right-hand corner of each page. The young child can search the page to find things that begin with each letter. Some of the things are easy to find and identify, while others are a bit tricky. Children can work through this book independently or with assistance from an adult. In the back of the book is a listing of all the items "hidden" in the pages of the Alphabet House. The delightful artwork is cut paper and origami collage. This would be a perfect addition to either a home or homeschool book collection!
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Alphabet House is an entertaining book that has proven it can be enjoyed by a wider age range than listed.

The book contains photos of colorful collages that have articles on each page devoted to a corresponding letter of the alphabet. Older kids like mine clearly see it as a game that sharpens their ability to spot objects that begin with each letter. Surprisingly, my daughter has "re-read" this book a number of times, already.

This is particularly useful, when you have multiple children of various ages and reading levels that need to stay quietly engaged in an activity. The older kids will actually enjoy pointing out articles to the younger ones. The collage scenes are intricate enough to sustain an older child's curiosity for a while, without being TOO much for little ones to absorb and then ignore.

I highly recommend Alphabet House for mothers that enjoy sharing a book with their children that is more of an activity, rather than a book of sight words (the only words are in small print the back-they are the names of the articles to be found, in alphabetical order).

Again, this has great potential for keeping multiple ages quietly engaged in learning-something I can definitely appreciate.
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