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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 25 Rei Anv edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688087450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688087456
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Have you ever seen a man dressed entirely in playing cards? Or a girl wearing a lollipop dress? Take a stroll through a most unusual market in this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of a Caldecott Honor Book.

"In a delightful and unusual book, a boy trots down Market Street buying presents for a friend, each one starting with a letter of the alphabet. Every letter is illustrated by a figure ingeniously composed of, for instance, apples or wigs or quilts. The notion is original, and the sum total enjoyable and unique." --Horn Book.

About the Author

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.



Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

It is a good book for young children.
Andrew & Blake's mommy
A delightful book that kids love having read to them.
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Great book, illustrations are wonderful.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
Alphabet books are a dime a dozen, but very few succeed as well as this one. The plot is simple enough: a child goes to Market Street and buys one item for each letter of the alphabet. What makes this book so special are the ingenious illustrations. Each "merchant" on Market Street is beautifully constructed from the items that he/she is selling. So, for the letter A the first merchant is made out of apples, and for B the merchant is made out of books, and so forth. This makes the pictures not only interesting to look at (and they really are gorgeous), but helps develop sight vocabulary. This book is also a very quick read--you can zip right through it. In the crowded and mostly undistinguished field of alphabet books, On Market Street truly stands out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Woolcott on July 23, 2004
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I was quite surprised when I first opened this book. The title does not do justice to the fact that this is one of the best ABC books available. The illustrations are quite amazing, full of intricate details and laced with humor. My six year old already knows her ABCs well, but thoroughly enjoyed looking at this book and thought the illustrations were absurd and hilarious. Laughter rang from the back seat as she read. It goes beyond "A is for apple, D is for dog" and brings a fresh change of pace to ABC books bringing laughter and enjoyment to a child and awe and applause from a grown-up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
Most alphabet books serve the purpose they were made for, to help children learn the ABC's, but are full of mediocrity. Some are just plain awful. However, ever now and again an alphabet book is discovered that is pure genius. ON MARKET STREET is such a book. Not only is the book a delight to read and look at, but it includes a slight lesson in giving as well. A young girl goes to market street and buys items that start with each letter of the alphabet. The vendors that sell these items are illustrated in the wares they sell. So the apple man is made of apples and the book lady is made of books, etc. The illustrations are full of imagination and help children associate letters with certain pictures. A delightful book that kids love having read to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pattyb215 on November 3, 2007
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I am in agreement with the other reviewers who commented on the poor quality of this reproduction of what was a fabulously illustrated children's alphabet book with a lovely verse and the lesson about giving to tie it all together. However, I went ahead and bought the book for a baby gift and I was very disappointed in the overall faded appearance of the illustrations compared with the original award winning version. It was my children's favorite alphabet book; and the new version doesn't even come close to the original as far as quality of the illustrations, which is what picture books are all about, isn't it? They should really look into re-doing it again. I wouldn't recommend buying it if you have seen the original, there is no comparison.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookfreak on May 19, 2006
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Both of my children adored this book, and I recently bought it for a great niece. The illustrations are detailed, fascinating and very lovely. The simple narrative unites the book and makes it more interesting than many alphabet books. One thing I especially appreciated is that the final illustration showing the main character leaving Market Street after shopping at every booth really *does* have one of all 26 items in it. Children notice things like that and mine were very happy that they could work through that last picture and find everything from A to Z in it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "krayzsworld" on June 28, 2003
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I am a student of West Virginia State College, currently taking a class on Children's Literature. Mr. Samples (A Wonderful Teacher) has instructed us to review a Caldecott Honor book and write our thoughts on it. I read this book and was very pleased to see that it was not only well illustrated and would be enjoyed by children of all ages, but was also a great ABC book. The rhyming of the beginning and ending would make this a good memorizing/practice book for younger children learning the ABC's and the illustrations are funny (using each item as the person's outfit) so that the child reading this would stay interested and learn with fun!! I definitely recommend this book to all parents and teachers who are teaching a child the ABC's!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SuburbanHousewifeMN VINE VOICE on December 15, 2007
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I bought this book on school recommendation for talking about careers. Reading the summary of it and how the character shops in the market place, I didn't realize it was an ABC book. While it is beautifully illustrated, it only teaches the ABC's and not much else. This is mostly a picture book that kids and adults will enjoy. There's not enough reading to make it a bedtime book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela S. Smith on March 27, 2013
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Arnold Lobel's fanciful alphabet book is a treasure. Teachers and moms will love it. The vocabulary to discuss the illustrations will enrich.
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