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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2008
BUY IT. Trust me. I have a library of over 200 children's books for my son, age 2. I was stunned at what an excellent item this is when we received it! He is only two but he knows his letters, so I thought the ABC board book would be a good fit for him. I had no idea! It was neat that he'd learned his letters already, but now I can ask him, "James, what letter does "airplane" start with?" and get the right answer. He knows DOZENS of these, thanks to this book!
We love a great read and that is how we enjoy one another's company much of the day. This isn't a "Mommy, read it!" book. It's an "I'll let you sit on my lap and I'll hold the book so you can build your brain while I rest book." I love a book that I DON'T have to read just as much as one I do have to read. :) My son sits calmly on my lap, picking through the pages and pointing to realistic pictures of items, while telling me what each one is called. It's excellent for vocabulary building. It helps him build confidence in his ability to "read." And it has shown him that letters(shown on the pages for the words shown that begin with them,) MEAN something.
This is one of those books that I think everyone should have. It will be part of my future baby gifts from here on out. (I like to give books because no one else does and they are the single best building block to education that I can provide to the child, as someone outside the home. Plus, they last forever compared to baby clothes!)
I really encourage you to add this item to your home library. Your child will benefit from it immensely and you will both enjoy "reading" it. ;)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
I love this book because it made learning the alphabet very fun for my daughter, for whom this book was an obsession for several months. If she saw it, she would stop whatever she was doing to look at it. By 13 months, she could tell me the names of all of the letters. The size is perfect - large enough for a baby to easily manipulate but small enough to fit in a baby's lap. The pages are very sturdy, and have held up very well. The pictures are very bright and colorful, making it very interesting for little ones.

I don't give the book 5 stars because I feel that some improvements could be made. First of all, some of the photos are a little grainy. Also, in many instances pictures of toys are used instead of the real thing - for instance, the photo of an ambulance is a toy, and for that matter, it's an old-fashioned ambulance, the likes of which I have never seen in real life. Other pictures are ambiguous - like the "ink" that is in a jar. For a small child who does not understand the concept of ink, if I show her that photo of the jar of ink, she might think that I was referring to the container. Perhaps they could replace the ink with an igloo. Igloo seems a little more straight-forward. Also, the angle from which the plate is photographed...every time my daughter sees it she says, "O". It just looks like two concentric blue circles on the page.

Overall, however, it's a very beautiful book, and despite some minor flaws, it has seen more action than any toy in our toy box.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
My toddler (23 months) currently loves books with lots of photos of objects and animals for him to learn the words for, so I thought he'd love this book since it has more than one picture for each letter of the alphabet. However, this book almost has too many pictures and is overwhelming for some kids -- the letter B has 14 pictures on a two-page spread! My son usually just looks at the first few pages, points out the objects he recognizes and says the word, then loses interest long before we reach the end. I think this book would be better if there were only 2-3 pictures per letter. (Some less common letters, like Q and Z, do only have 2-3 pictures.)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2007
i was looking for a book with big pictures on each page. in this book each page is very busy with way too many pictures for each alphabet. too overwhelming for little kids. not really my kind of book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
This book is a great teaching tool- every morning after breakfast I sit with my almost 2 year old twins and I use this book to help them learn the alphabet. I say "this is the letter A, it stands for apple, airplane," etc etc (and I point to each picture as I read it), "who can say A?" Much to my surprise, they stay engaged until the end! It's amazing. At first, I was worried it was going to be overwhelming because there are quite a few pictures on each page, but I have not found this to be a problem whatsoever. In fact, when I am done reading it, they fight over the book because they both want to flip through it themselves. I just bought another one, and I also bought the my first numbers and my first colors ones as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2010
I love this book and think it is well done. I chose it because it is similar to a book I remember having when I was a kid. I bought this for my 6-mo-old, and although he's young, he does try to "read" it. I open it to a page and point to each thing as I say it - "g is for goat, gorilla, ...". It is not overwhelming for him, but I can see how it might be depending on the kid. My biggest disappointment with this book is that they didn't select the variety of sounds for all the letters. For example "g" has "goat, gorilla, etc" but doesn't have the softer sound like "giraffe". I think that would be helpful for older kids to learn that a "g" can have both sounds.
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on July 20, 2013
My 20 month daughter is really into learning her ABCs. So I researched all the available ABC books on Amazon (thank you Amazon for allowing people to search inside the book!). Most ABC books only have 1 photo per letter. Ex: 1 book has A for alligator. A different book C for crocodile. Most kids cannot differentiate between an alligator or croc, so I thought they would learn more from many photos.

As with their "My First Word Board Book", they pages are thick and seem almost laminated (?), so they remain very nice and in good condition after a lot of reading and play.
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on May 28, 2013
We received this on Wednesday and my 16 month old daughter has been excited to look at it every night since. She can only say a few of the words but we're learning that she knows what many things are and we use it to play a game of having her point to things. I'm happy that she's not tired after only a couple of letters and rather is content (and can sit still long enough) to get through all 26 letters two or three times before going to bed.
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on May 2, 2015
I like the "My First" books by DK publishing for my daughter (age 1-2yrs). We have several of the tabbed board books. I knew that this book was smaller and not tabbed; however, it is an older edition, which I didn't notice before I ordered. The book is still cute, but some of the styles or pictures are dated-looking. Nothing is inaccurate, just something to know if you're used to the style of the bright, current-decade books.
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I adore these books, as does my daughter. At 11 months, she was flipping through them to find dogs. At 17 months, she can point to everything in the book when you ask her to find it. They have been a wonderful learning tool. Now at 20 months I can point to items, and she can tell me what they are, so they are great for many different stages of development.

I will be giving these as shower gifts from here on out!
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