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Little Bird's ABC Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932425527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932425529
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Elegantly impish watercolors and a soupçon of naughty humor make this one of the freshest primers in quite some time. An aviary of precisely inked and improbably feathered friends (think A.O. Blechman filtered through the sensibilities of fashion illustration) scampers through the alphabet against a crisp white background. The hand-size hardcover format lends the proceedings the cozy, silly intimacy of a tickle. Grobler (Carnival of the Animals) varies his approach to the letters: some spreads capitalize on the shape, some opt for the sound and some do a kind of double duty. F is the first letter of the "Ffftt...." emitted from a contented bird's derrière after eating beans; T is for the "Tok-tok-tok" sound made by a woodpecker-type bird hacking at the letter's trunk in pursuit of a fat ladybug. A few letter treatments are predictable or opaque (Z connotes the snores of a sleeping bird, X seems to stand for a feathered daredevil's demise), but most bubble with a puckishness that's certain to win the hearts of even veteran abecedarians. All ages. (Sept.)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–An appealing avian crew stars in this alphabet of sounds. These birds are brimming with personality and playfulness, conveyed through a rich variety of color, pose, and facial expression in the line-and-watercolor art. Each verso presents the upper- and lowercase versions of a letter, along with a picture; the action is completed on the right, with the appropriate sound or words spelled out. A mischievous woodpecker, for instance, clings to a capital T as a ladybug crawls across the top. On the ensuing page, the bird breaks the letter–Tok-tok-tok–and the insect topples off. Uh-oh! describes a little guy that gets caught pecking the egg of a much larger bird, while Doink! is the sound of an apple that beans a fanciful bird; the Ffftt… that comes from still another's rear should elicit embarrassed giggles from children. In most cases, readers encounter a new bird with each page turn, but a few stick around. A multicolored fellow gives an Mmmm… while unearthing a worm at M and adds Nice worm! on the following spread as it swallows its victim. Creative use of line and color makes each illustration a pleasant surprise, while sounds/words such as Iiiee!! and Vroom, vroom! are unexpected. With its small, square size and deceptively simple look, this is an inspired and original entry.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia Corbin on July 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is my 22-month-old's favorite ABC book (except possibly Dr. Seuss). Far more interesting than the usual A-apple, B-ball, C-cat book, which is gathering dust on a bookshelf upstairs, this morning she had my husband read her the book as he was getting ready for work, then ran directly to me, had me read it, and has "read" it to herself at least 3 times in the 30 minute since then. We are on the second round of a month-long library checkout and it is time for me to go ahead and just buy the darn thing. Educationally, I like that it engages her enough to echo the sounds of each letter. It's also possible that this is so interesting to her because her parents read it with enthusiasm and humor, since it is much more interesting for adults than most ABC books. Not for the faint of heart - if you're uncomfortable with potty humor or bodily functions, look elsewhere. We are potty training, so bodily functions take up a significant portion of our day anyways and we talk about them freely. I also noticed that no reviewer has yet commented that the B bird is burping after consuming a mug of some yellow, frothy beverage (cream soda, I presume? :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MissLissaMA on September 25, 2010
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this sooooo funny. my boys and i love this book. B is for burp, etc not for the sensitive natured prissys. We think its fun & funny! :-p
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The first time I read this I laughed out-loud-and we were in the library at the time. When we got home, we gave it a run with our toddler (now 28 months), and he to loves it! He finds it _hilarious_ that the 'ffffft' sound (which he gleefully makes the noise along with us when we get to F) is included. Mind you, this was already a private joke for him prior to the book, so he loves it that we do not discourage his fun at least when reading this book. When I was pregnant with our second child, burping was another _big deal_ in his toddler world and now we are potty training, so all around he really loves the childish humor that is encouraged here. I think its good to teach that there is a time and place for such humor since kids will be doing this anyhow and also finding it funny anyhow at this age (and beyond, really). So if anything, it is also helping us teach him when it is appropriate or not to make such jokes.

We love this book so much we are also getting it for our pre-school aged niece who loves all things birds. I hope she loves and finds it as funny as we do!

I personally really enjoy the illustrations and think they make this book even more fun for an adult to enjoy. While we do read a lot to our children, anything that encourages me to pick up a book and read it to a child, be it the silly humor that I can also enjoy or the visual artwork, makes a book stand out and worth buying. In this case -twice!
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By L. Martin on December 5, 2009
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This book is hilarious. My students loved it, especially the fart for letter "f". I wish they would make the book larger though.
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