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John Burningham's ABC Hardcover – June 20, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (June 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224046683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224046688
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,157,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

British author-illustrator Burningham has created many popular picture books for young children. In these four It's Great to Learn volumes, his characteristically winsome children demonstrate basic concepts. In 123, for instance, the sturdy branches of a large tree fill up with 10 children. The pleasing drawings, delicately shaded in pastel colors, will appeal to small children. But the books may be less effective in teaching the concepts they illustrate. The books' target audience may find the books somewhat bland and less challenging than others of their kind. Whereas Dr. Seuss's ABC and Sandra Boynton's A is for Angry, for example, use subtle humor to engage the reader's attention, Burningham's ABC simply offers yet another Alligator, Bear, etc., down through Xylophone, Yak and Zebra. Primarily valuable for their sweet illustrations, then, these books might have been better suited to a board book format.
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"Lively, vigorous, glowing, Burningham's alphabet book demands attention. There is appeal to children's imagination and ample scope for audience participation. This is not a passive experience."-- Horn Book --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on June 15, 2009
Format: Board book
This is a very nice ABC board book for introducing letters and associated objects to toddlers, in the traditional "A-apple, B-birds" format. The pictures are imaginative and amusing, making this one of the better examples of alphabet board books. This is good for introducing toddlers to the shapes and names of the letters, and beginning to introduce the concept of letter-and-object correspondence.
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