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Berenstains' A Book (Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners) Hardcover – November 25, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Bright & Early Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (November 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679887059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679887058
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.3 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Now joining forces with The B Book and The C Book is the reissue of The Berenstains' A Book--an astonishing album with almost any A word children can say. It's guaranteed to make learning to read a bundle of fun!  

About the Author

Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia.  They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art.  They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art.  During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory.  When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines.  After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy.  Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt .  It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears".  

Over 50 children's books later, Stan and Jan still plan all of their books together -- both write the stories, and both write the pictures.  They live outside of Philadelphia in the country.

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I wish they had one for all of the letters!
P. Brown
I have to read these letter books all the time, every night, and whenever else I can get an opportunity during the day.
csm
These Berenstain Bear letter books are a fun way to get your kids into learning the ABC's.
CA_Kathy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By csm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book should be in every child's library in my opinion. I have to read these letter books all the time, every night, and whenever else I can get an opportunity during the day. This one not only teaches about the letter A, but it also teaches something about the work ethics of ants. It's pretty cute to see these ants get mad because an anteater is getting ready for lunch - an anthill and the ants wind up biting the anteater's tail to get him to leave. Pretty cute stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One day, some ants get angry and start advancing. They advance across an acorn, an apple, and an airplane, but they are just getting warmed up. Why are they advancing?

I grew up with the Berenstains' B Book, and I remember enjoying the humor of that one. Yes, it was repetitive, but it was such silly fun it was worth it. So I was expecting some of the same with this book.

Unfortunately, it didn't feel like it met those standards to me. The story and illustrations, while fine, don't have the humor to them that other book did. Really, this book is just a list of things that begin with A connected by the fact that the ants advanced across them.

And I certainly don't buy this as an early reading book. I do get the kids would be able to "read" the book from the pictures on the page and the repetition, but I think kid trying to read this book would be frustrated by such words as apartment or avenue.

This book isn't bad, and I'm sure kids would enjoy it. But it's not nearly as much fun as the B Book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane James on February 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a Dr. Seuss "Bright And Early for Beginning Beginners" book. However, I have found the phonics method to be too tough for any beginning reader.
It seems to be written for the parent to read to the child; after all, a book introducing the letter "A" is not for a child already reading. So, we're looking at a child between the ages of 3 and 7. And this book as one of the first looks at the letter "A".
But the letter sounds used are "a" as in "ant", "angry", "across" and "aaaarrrgh".
The problem with this, is that most phonics methods introduce only one "A" sound at a time (usually the short a sound, as in "ant".) To introduce all these sounds at once for just one letter can be confusing to a child.
Also, there are only 28 words in this book, but several of them will be unfamiliar to the average 3, 4 or 5 year old. Such as "advance" (as in what an army does), apricot, angleworm, acorn and Arizona.
I think this book could be confusing to some children, and isn't worth much in terms of teaching a child beginning phonics. This is definitely not my favorite Berenstains' book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My granddaughter and I enjoyed reading this book together.

It is a book on the letter A. Using the word 'ant,' this book tells a fun story with every word starting with the letter A.

It has delightful illustrations and I believe it's an all around great read.

Shirley Johnson
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By wayne123 on May 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent! There are a lot of excellent books of this type so I won't make a claim that there is only one right way to write this type of book. My son just turned 3 and he as enjoyed having this read to him since he was two. Now he joins in and he can identify every item in the book when I ask him what it is and if I ask him to find a certain item he has no problem finding it. I particularly enjoy the fact that the words are not just single syllable words. At first of course my son would only repeat the last syllable of the words. But as time has gone on he is picking up the first and second syllables as well.

I hope you enjoy this with your child as much as I do. When we have our daddy and son reading time every day when I come home from work and every Saturday and Sunday morning this is almost always one of the first books he brings to me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kara on July 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My son just can't get enough of this book. We began reading it to him before he was one year old. He's now almost 18 mos. and has learned a lot of the words in the books. He definately knows what an apple is, even the ones in the store. The arrangement and repetition of the words has really helped him build his vocabulary. It's great!
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By Sheryl Mary Taube on July 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nice
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By Dawn C. Malone on June 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is just at good as the "B" book. My LO loves it. It's in great condition and was shipped fast.
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