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The Alphabet Book (Pictureback(R)) Paperback – March 12, 1974

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"The zaniest, most hilarious alphabet book ever."--Baby Talk Magazine.  

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Pictureback(R)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 12, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394828186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394828183
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I picked this book up with no expectations at all. It ended up being the main book we have used all year to learn the alphabet. It's so great!!! The best thing about this book is that the alphabet runs down the side of each page so when you are on the "E" page for example you have the whole alphabet listed down the side of the page with E highlighted. I taught my daughter to run her fingers down the side going "A, B, C , D " etc. etc. as she had memorized the alphabet song. If she did this carefully then she would get to the highlighted letter and know what it was by using the song. This way she could read the book herself, turn to any page and find out what the letter was on her own. This helped her very much with recognizing the letters. We literally used this book several times a week as her main preschool book (we homeschool). I highly recommend it. You can't go wrong for the price!!
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Format: Board book
My daughter loves this book, maybe even more than her beloved, tattered "Are You My Mother" board book. I bet we have read this one a hundred times since Xmas!! The illustrations are wonderful and the alphabet "rhymes" are hilarious. I am in the process of purchasing all of PD Eastmans board books for her-I enjoy them as much as she does!
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Format: Board book
While this is not as involved as Dr. Suesses ABC's it is great when you or your child wants a quicker alphabet book. With entertaining illustrations and allitertative examples (Octopus with Oars, Penguins in Parachutes, Queen with Quarter), this book is a nice way to go through the alphabet.

My only (very minor) complaint, is that a few of the things are a bit obscure. For example, our little one calls the Infant with Ice Cream a baby, and the Juggler with Jackolaterns, a dog with pumpkins. Aside from that it is a great book at a great price. In general, I am a big fan of the little board books, as a number of pages in our paper page books became casualties of our childs first couple years.
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Format: Paperback
I remember this book from my own childhood, so I had to add it to my son's ever-growing book collection. I like the illustrations as well as the alphabet. Maybe the 'I - Indian with ice cream' is not politically correct and the 'X - Xylophone for Xmas' might be offensive to some, but hey, this book has a 1974 copyright date and the world was a different place back then.
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This is a great book and he asks to read it again Every. Single, Time. He now recognizes letters and can say them before I do. Except Q- Q is a tricky one and he calls it "O." Baby steps, right?
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Bought this book to help my 4 year old son learn his letters. He loves this book and especially likes how the whole alphabet is printed down the side of each page.
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The great thing about this book is that Jasmine can enjoy it even now, because she can't ruin it with roughness or drool and she can enjoy the colorful pictures. Pretty soon she'll be old enough to learn her alphabet too. Her daddy knew his by age 2, because I read a book very similar to this with him everyday (at his insistence) . He became an early reader, and continues to love to read still.
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This is good, but I agree with the other reviews: Why use a baby to illustrate the letter "I" and call it and infant? What parent has taught their child to call a baby an "infant"? Also, "X-mas" for Christmas was cheap. Otherwise, it is a nice simple alphabet board book and it doesn't have imaginary creatures like the Dr. Seuss one.
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