- Series: Alphabet Anatomy
- Paperback: 58 pages
- Publisher: Jubilance Publishing (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990795233
- ISBN-13: 978-0990795230
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alphabet Anatomy Coloring & Workbook: Meet the Capital Letters Coloring & Workbook Paperback – April 1, 2014
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Alphabet Anatomy is unlike any other alphabet book I've seen. The illustrations and verses are so fun and engaging. This book presents a fabulous and very effective method for preschoolers to learn their letters, plus children will reap all the additional benefits of rhyming.
Original Review - I thought the book was cute but as I read it to my toddlers some words seemed to be complicated for a children's book like "gait". Also X is not for Excited. Weird that that's the only letter where the word doesn't actually start with the letter. I probably won't read this book to my kids again.
One of the biggest reasons why I like tales written for this age group so much is that they almost always rhyme. There is something extra special about reading this sort of thing aloud and hearing the echo of certain syllables from one stanza to the next. Occasionally the humor in the rhymes surprised me due how nicely they fit in with the illustrations. Some of them were quite creative and not at all what I was expecting to see associated with those particular letters.
The children’s introduction was a bit too lengthy for the age group for which it was intended. It was well-written, but I don’t know many toddlers or preschoolers whose attention span is long enough to sit through so many instructions about what they’re about to experience. The information in it could have easily been included in the introduction for adults instead.
Speaking of the illustrations, they were well done. Their clean, simple lines worked well with the subject matter. The use of bright, primary colors was a good choice. My eyes were especially drawn to the letters that relied heavy on the use of blue and yellow to show where they were located or what they were doing. They kept my attention long after I’d read the stanzas on those pages.
Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters was a fun read. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a storybook on this topic.
originally posted at long and short reviews
I remember back long ago when I was in first grade and there was this poster that hung on the wall in my classroom. I used to love to stare at that poster and make up different stories about it each day. What was the poster you asked? It was the letters of the alphabet made to look like people. I loved it! I still think back to it and know that it was a very helpful for me to become as enthralled with learning as I am even now.
This book brings back those wonderful memories and helps establish that same attitude with my kids as I had when I was younger. It is so much fun to personify objects ( in this case the basis for our language) into lovable characters we can relate to and laugh at; but most importantly enjoy and learn from.
If the illustrations weren't enough, this book also has rhyming. And I am a firm believer in the fact it is easier to learn anything as long as it is in a enjoyable rhyme.
The only gripe I had was some of the words were a little hard to understand from a child's standpoint. Deft, gait, and some other words that may have been a little advanced for my four year old. (Actually, my older kids asked what deft meant too) This isn't necessarily a bad thing; I just mention it because my children asked what these words mean.
Other than that we loved the book and are looking forward to Meeting the Lower Case Letters when that book comes out. We give it four stars!!!
ALPHABET ANATOMY appears to be the first in a series of verbal/visual teaching and entertainment books of children. Linda Ann Jones has developed a brief rhyming poem that accompanies each of the well-illustrated capital letters of the alphabet. The rhymes not only utilize each letter's symbol but they also give a personality to each and Brandon Jones takes it from there, fashioning illustrations that empower the rhyme and delight the eye and imagination. The result is a book that introduces each letter of the alphabet in a memorable and fun way that is sure to appeal to early readers.
As the two Jones artists emphasize, `Alphabet Anatomy utilizes the four core elements which extensive research has proven effectively teach reading and provide a solid and effective foundation for proficient reading in later years: 1. Phonological awareness; 2. Letter identification; 3. Vocabulary development; 4. Recall and retell sentences and stories.' An example: B is for Burgers - B is my buddy. He's 2 bellies fat, from eating big burgers all day as he sat. And the drawing is an outdoor B by a barbeque, blue sky and burgers broiling and basting in the sunlight grass! It all makes a familiar and fun image and fills the page and air and memory with B - words!
This is a fine educational tool as well as a well-illustrated book kids will love! Grady Harp, January 13