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Alphabet House Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–Children can open this book to any page and find a catalog of objects beginning with a given letter to identify. The rabbit family that lives in the Alphabet House is also introduced. With no plot or text, the book would be welcomed for preschoolers, who could connect the objects in each room with the letter, as well as older children who will enjoy the I Spy aspect of it. An answer key is included. Wallace's cut-paper illustrations are sharp against the primary-color backgrounds. Endpapers show the complete alphabet in primary-color blocks (although the objects interspersed out of alphabetical order may confuse children). A cheerful concept book for youngsters who are beginning to learn the alphabet and colors.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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PreS-Gr. 2. A large rabbit family lives in a cut-paper Alphabet House: "Come inside, / look and see, things that start / with A to Z." On each page^B, family members, pictured doing some familiar activity, are surrounded by objects that begin with the featured letter, which appears in both upper- and lowercase form in the upper-left corner of the picture. For example, a rabbit boy sits on a bed reading a book, his boots nearby on the floor, a bee at the window, a bat in the corner, and a bird in a box that rests atop some blocks. With the exception of occasional labels to help identify less familiar objects, the book is wordless; the bright, bold collage art does the work. The cut-paper art is clean and uncluttered, and the family context makes the selected objects easier to identify. A list of the items that appear on each page is appended. A good addition to the plethora of alphabet books. Karen Hutt
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1) It's all about the pictures. The author apparently made every single little item on each page for each letter using construction paper, scissors, and glue to a make scene for each letter. There are no other words in the books, just 26 pages of 26 letters but... (read below). These scenes I guess were photographed or something as they appear 3 dimensional but extremely clear and well done.
2) At the end of the book are 2 pages that lists the items on each letter's page that you can you go back I guess ask your kid if they can find them. From a simple book reading perspective and a educational psychology perspective (sorry I have a PhD in ed psych)...this really doesn't seem to be helpful. I suppose if those 2 pages were the first 2 pages perhaps with some quick instructions for the parent on what to do (not that's its obvious) it would maybe have more educational merit.
Other than that, my 2 year old liked the book and was happy Daddy got her a present.
One last knit picky comment, not just for this book but for any book that has a colorful glossy cover and the SAME colorful glossy Hard cover...I ask why? Why waste paper on this, kids tear and lose these paper covers all the time. Maybe it's me but it seems like a waste of money that perhaps could knock a dollar or two off the price.
My daughter just turned 3 years old, and she is still in the process of learning her letters. She really loves this book. She enjoys looking at it by herself, but we also read it together and discuss the various pages. We have at least 7 or 8 various alphabet books, but presently this is her favorite.
I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine review program, and I was sent the hardcover version. While the pages inside are quite thick and sturdy, they are still not quite safe from the sometimes clumsy and rough hands of a 3 year old child. It is also available as a board book, which I would recommend rather than the hardcover version, considering the target age group of the book. At the time of this review, the board book is actually less expensive.
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thought there would be more of a story. might be better as an actual book experience. where kids could interact more with pages