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A Is for Annabelle Hardcover – July 1, 2001

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Young children will welcome the return of a classic from the mother of children's illustrators, Tasha Tudor. A Is for Annabelle is a quaint, old-fashioned alphabet book graced with Tudor's intricately detailed, highly appealing illustrations. Annabelle is a china doll that belonged to Grandmother. Two little girls play their way through the alphabet, dressing up this lovely doll ("H is her Hat with an elegant feather") all the way through X ("the letter for which I've no rhyme"), Y ("the Yarn her stockings to mend"), and Z ("her Zither and this is the end"). Alternating black-and-white illustrations with full-color spreads, Tudor surrounds each page with a graceful floral border and includes such charming details as a sewing basket with a pincushion, a cricket peering at a pink patchwork quilt, and the tiny boxes containing Annabelle's hats, slippers, and earrings. Little girls will find Annabelle and her alphabetical wardrobe irresistible.

Tasha Tudor is the Caldecott Honor artist of 1 Is One and more than 90 other well-loved picture books. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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Doll lovers of all ages will welcome the alphabet book homage A Is for Annabelle by Tasha Tudor, starring an exquisitely appointed doll and her accoutrements. Originally published in 1954, the volume alternates full-color spreads with b&w drawings, all steeped in Tudor's customary charm.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689828454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689828454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a book I remimber from my childhood. It was the first friend I found at the library. Learning to read was very hard for me but I wanted to be able to read this book so much I keep trying. My daughter also loved this book. She is already planing to share it with her daughter and granddaughter some distant day. This book has also inspired a doll colection of hers. Tasha Tudor's soft rich illistrations inspire lingering over. This book is for the 4-6 set what "The Secret Garden" and "Anne of Green Gables" are for older girls pure girlhood, classic lititure. Don't miss putting this one on the shelf of your little one.
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Format: Paperback
My great-grandmother gave me this book as a child and I have loved it ever since. Much to my dismay, the pages of my copy were destroyed in a sprinkler accident many years ago and I am desperate to find another. The illustrations in "A is for Annabelle" bring to life a dreamlike era of Western history. Though some of the items listed are so bygone that we may not recognize them now, their ethereal quality somehow evokes a nostalgic sigh. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I want nothing more than to share this childhood favorite with her and let her know that there is beauty outside of Teletubbies.
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Format: Hardcover
Who can resist Tasha Tudor's lovely illustrations? This ABC book starts with Annabelle, the antique doll, and goes on to show her bonnet, cape, and wonderful clothes and accessories.

I loved this book when I was little. The idea of a doll having her own trunk really intrigued me in the late 1950s. Everyone was getting those ballerina dolls, but I wanted an old-fashioned doll like Annabelle. My mother must have liked it too, as she sewed up a wardrobe from scraps to transform my doll into one like Annabelle.

Treat your little one to this book and start them on the path to enjoying and treasuring things from the past.
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Format: Library Binding
I have always been an avid reader. In my childhood
this was one of my favorite books. When I started
my own family I was constantly going through inter
library loans to find this book. My children
enjoyed it and I loved sharing something with them
that was a fond memory from my childhood.
This book not only teaches the alphabet, it
also brings to life some histotical references that can
help children to appreciate the past as well as
the history of older members of their families.In
describing the various items related to the doll,
Annabelle, we are transported into the treasured
world of a young girl allowed the priviledge of
exploring her grandmothers special treasures, an
activity that used to be one of the wonders of
growing up.
I would recommend this book to parents and
anyone else who might like to take a short trip
back in time to their childhood.
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Format: Paperback
I received this book as a present when I was about six years old. I came across this book the other day and I realized that I still have the entire book memorized! The book tells the story of a child going through the "b"ox on the chest in in hall" that contains her grandmother's doll and all the wonderful costumes and accessories of the Victorian doll completely in rhyme. The pictures are too beautiful for words. From Annabelle's "J"acket that she wears in the fall" to her "H"at with a elegant feather" this is a wonderful book to read aloud to a child and the beauty of the book will interest a young reader that would normally be too old for alphabet books. By the Way... I still have "A" is for Annabelle
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For years I looked for a reasonable copy of this book for a decent price, I scoured Ebay and ABE and found a few, but when I saw that it has been reprinted I was thrilled, this was a favorite book of mine as a child and I still have it in my head word for word. I can't wait to get my copy :), you will treasure it always, it is a wonderful gift for kids of all ages
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a sweet little poetic book about two little girls' grandmother's old doll named Annabelle. It's an alphabet book, so it's educational, but it's also a poem and quite a lovely one. It goes through the alphabet describing all of the cute little accessories that Annabelle has. The language is beautiful as are the illustrations. I recommend this book for any little girl. It's an easy read, so it's perfect for children to practice their reading, and it's good for adults to read to children who are at the age of very short attention spans or if you want to get through a quick bedtime story.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughters had this book when they were small. They loved it and we read it many, many times. The illustrations are simply beautiful. I bought this one for my one-year-old granddaughter. It will accompany an "A Is for Annabelle" quilt that I am making for her. I bought the fabrics which coordinate with illustrations in the book, and will give it to her when she's a bit older.
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