- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion (April 4, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1562826891
- ISBN-13: 978-1562826895
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Begins with an A Paperback – April 4, 1994
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-- Yet another alphabet book nudges its way into a crowded, but receptive, market. It Begins with an A has the child appeal of a riddle book combined with the practicality of an alphabet book. Each page has four pictures, four clues, and a question, "What is it?" In most cases the "what" is easily guessed. For the uncertain, there is a guide at the back with picture and word answers. The illustrations offer adequate support to the text and have a nice mix of ages, genders, and ethnicity. Their childlike simplicity could remind youngsters of their own artwork, although the control of an artist is evident. A muted palette strong in secondary colors may be a relief to those weary of bright splashes of primary color or wispy pastels. Preschoolers will delight in responding to "What is it?" --Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
A rhyming alphabet/guessing-game. On each page are four bright gouache paintings. One illustrates a capital letter; the others, each with its line of verse, give clues to the identity of an object beginning with that letter. Across the bottom, large gray capitals ask, ``What is it?'' No surprises here--``X'' (always the toughest) is an unremarkable ``X-ray''--but the ordinary objects, smiling multiethnic kids, profusion of animals, and cheerful, flat blocks of color make a pleasant, sure-to-be-successful experience both for small folks just learning letter-sound correspondences and early readers who need lots of visual and aural cues to aid decoding. The last two pages display the letters and answers to the 26 riddles, in words and pictures. More interactive--and therefore more fun--than the usual ``A is for apple'' alphabet. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"You travel in this.
It begins with an A.
It starts on the ground,
then flies up, up, away!"
"This is a candy
that comes on a stick.
It starts with an L,
and it's fun to lick."
My 5 year-old really likes this book, and I like that she has to think for a moment before coming up with the answer. My only recommendation would be to have a 3x5 card at hand. Each page, with it's riddle, has four pictures. The last picture shows the answer. We had more fun (and it was more educational) when we hid that last picture.
Four Stars. Its a cute alphabet book for toddlers, and a great fun, `thinking' book for kindergarteners.
The illustrations are colorful and fun, having no problem engaging my child visually. The rhymes accompanying each letter is fun to read and my child has memorized all of them. This is great book to have in your home library under the "learning the alphabet" category. Purchase it when you find it!