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The Graphic Alphabet (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – September 1, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Instead of cute pictures in bright colors representing letters, Pelletier takes a graphically unusual look at the alphabet using everything from color and graphic images to different varnishes to get across his message. The colors are bright with a black background that jump off the page.
The unique images are clever and engaging. One of my favorites is the x-ray of a hand with crossing fingers for X.
Have a child; know someone who does; looking for something interesting as an ice breaker? Take a look at this book!
With those thoughts in mind, I had put the boook aside for use much later, but my 15-month old son soon found it and fell in love with it. A month later, it's one of his 3 or 4 favorite books, and one of only two alphabet books he is willing to spend any time looking at at all. He is completely enchanted by it and asks for me to read it to him about twice a day. Since we started doing so a few weeks ago, he has started repeating many of the words back to me, and excitedly draws many of the letters in the air with his finger or hand while looking at it.
While it's true that the forms of some of the letters aren't made glaringly obvious by their graphic designs (e.g. the B), the word associated with each letter (in that case "Bounce") is printed in a clear serif font on each page, so I simply utilize them as well when reading the book to my son. So for B, for example, I'll point to letter at the beginning of the word, then the word, and say "B is for Bounce." Then I repeat "Bounce. B. Boing! Boing!" as I repeatedly outline the graphic representation of it. He loves it and he's learning fast. For example, because of this book he makes the letter "J" in the air when he wants me to show him someone juggling (or to attempt to do it myself).
This experience is just one of many that proves to me that we too often underestimate children. Kids are smarter than we think, and are often interested in much more sophisticated things than we expect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love alphabet books in general. This one is different and fun. Each letter is made to look like the word. Kind of dated looking, but in a cool way.Published on May 9, 2013 by D. Revie
Excellent, excellent graphics. I use several kids's books when I teach my "Creative Thinking Through Watercolors" class. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Marni Lawson
I teach K through 12 art. The elementary love alphabet books presented in new ways. For my High School students it gives them a graphic art perspective that stretches their... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by K. TRANCH
i love typography and lettering, and I try to expose my kids to good design as much as possible. This book is quite terrible and a lot of the letter designs look like "last-minute,... Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Robert Chadwick Greene III
Ideal for teaching the alphabet to older beginner ELLs learning the sounds and letters of English. The words for each letter lend themselves to TPR.Published on November 28, 2009 by Ana Lado
Pelletier, David. The Graphic Alphabet. New York: Orchard, 1996.
Award: Caldecott Honor Book
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