Children's Picture Book: Dragon's Alphabet Soup: Learn ABCs with Eric the Dragon (A Gorgeous Illustrated Bedtime Children's Picture Book about a Dragon Making Lunch) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
First, the pictures are delightful! We read this on a Kindle Fire, which I'd guess is the best way to read it on a Kindle device. I can't imagine it without full color; the detailed illustrations wouldn't be nearly as lovely in black & white. I especially loved the subtle humor in the "K is for Kiwi" page, although it will be a while until my 2yo gets the joke.
Second, I can see this being a good read for babies all the way up to preK kids. The "__ is for _____" text is very simple, probably best for the under-3 crowd if read as-is. With a bit of extra discussion, though, it's entirely appropriate for older little ones, too. For example, "W is for Watermelon. Where is the watermelon? What color is the watermelon? Is the watermelon big or small? Would watermelon taste good in soup? What would YOU put in a watermelon soup?" and so on. Just by casually talking about the pictures, you could cover color, counting, size, food groups, nutrition, and plants/growing things. Not all at once, of course, but through repeated readings, which many younger kids enjoy if you do it right. I know mine love it, and my 2yo has asked to read this again quite a few times.
If you're looking for an ABC book for your toddler or preschooler, one that has great pictures AND great re-read value, Dragon's Alphabet Soup definitely fits the bill!
Eric is absolutely adorable. One picture did look like a sticker ... letter J. But it was not on a background like most of the others were either. K was so cute, I burst out laughing ... kiwi indeed.
Reading some of the other reviews, I had to double check to see if I was reading the same book. This is a great book for the 0 - 3 year old, board book style. A few of the foods are difficult to see. Broccoli does not grow the way it is pictured. Quail eggs are not in trees. And yams, generally have a plant above them, as do carrots. But then, most babies will not care about these minor details.
But there were no riddles as one person said that there were .... A is for Asparagus, B is for Broccoli, D is for Doughnuts ... loved the doughnuts.
There is a short beginning page introducing Eric and saying he is hungry and wants to cook some soup, and another short ending page where Eric says Goodbye.
I definitely liked the book. Best read on a Kindle App and NOT black/white print.
Also, I was able to blow up the pictures nicely on my Kindle PC by widening my "words per line".
As to what it is ...the dragon is hungry and he finds food. Good healthy food and some not so healthy food, but it still looked good.
I was impressed that the authors were able to come up with U,V and X. It was a bit of a stretch, but they worked within the theme of the other letters. Although the could have used ugli fruit, venison, vidalia onion, Xigua.
So even though the title and the story don't match. I still think it is a good book.
I recommend this book for young children just learning their letters and trying to identify pictures.
~The Rebecca Review