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On Market Street Paperback – February 7, 2006

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From the Back Cover

Have you ever seen a man dressed entirely in playing cards? Or a girl wearing a lollipop dress? Take a stroll through a most unusual market in this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of a Caldecott Honor Book.

"In a delightful and unusual book, a boy trots down Market Street buying presents for a friend, each one starting with a letter of the alphabet. Every letter is illustrated by a figure ingeniously composed of, for instance, apples or wigs or quilts. The notion is original, and the sum total enjoyable and unique." --Horn Book.

About the Author

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.



Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 25 Rei Anv edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688087450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688087456
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alphabet books are a dime a dozen, but very few succeed as well as this one. The plot is simple enough: a child goes to Market Street and buys one item for each letter of the alphabet. What makes this book so special are the ingenious illustrations. Each "merchant" on Market Street is beautifully constructed from the items that he/she is selling. So, for the letter A the first merchant is made out of apples, and for B the merchant is made out of books, and so forth. This makes the pictures not only interesting to look at (and they really are gorgeous), but helps develop sight vocabulary. This book is also a very quick read--you can zip right through it. In the crowded and mostly undistinguished field of alphabet books, On Market Street truly stands out!
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Most alphabet books serve the purpose they were made for, to help children learn the ABC's, but are full of mediocrity. Some are just plain awful. However, ever now and again an alphabet book is discovered that is pure genius. ON MARKET STREET is such a book. Not only is the book a delight to read and look at, but it includes a slight lesson in giving as well. A young girl goes to market street and buys items that start with each letter of the alphabet. The vendors that sell these items are illustrated in the wares they sell. So the apple man is made of apples and the book lady is made of books, etc. The illustrations are full of imagination and help children associate letters with certain pictures. A delightful book that kids love having read to them.
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I was quite surprised when I first opened this book. The title does not do justice to the fact that this is one of the best ABC books available. The illustrations are quite amazing, full of intricate details and laced with humor. My six year old already knows her ABCs well, but thoroughly enjoyed looking at this book and thought the illustrations were absurd and hilarious. Laughter rang from the back seat as she read. It goes beyond "A is for apple, D is for dog" and brings a fresh change of pace to ABC books bringing laughter and enjoyment to a child and awe and applause from a grown-up.
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I borrowed this book from the library first and decided I wanted it for our home library so I purchased a copy. I am homeschooling my five year old for kindergarten, I was perusing What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know while planning curriculum and this book was suggested as a good book for teaching the alphabet. My son loves the detailed pictures and I like it that the letters represent different things than what are most commonly represented in other alphabet books and flash cards. For instance, D is for doughnuts, G is for gloves, N is for Noodles. I did not appreciate X as for Xmas Trees (hence four stars)....to us there isn't a thing such as Xmas but it was a good jumping off point for that discussion. Still enjoyed the book and illustrations despite that one detail.
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A classic, the Lobels' illustrations are lush, inventive, and a delight to peruse. This is a happy alternative to over-simplified ABC books designed to appeal to children raised on media-generated characters and is a return to art as appealing and inspiring to children.
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I am in agreement with the other reviewers who commented on the poor quality of this reproduction of what was a fabulously illustrated children's alphabet book with a lovely verse and the lesson about giving to tie it all together. However, I went ahead and bought the book for a baby gift and I was very disappointed in the overall faded appearance of the illustrations compared with the original award winning version. It was my children's favorite alphabet book; and the new version doesn't even come close to the original as far as quality of the illustrations, which is what picture books are all about, isn't it? They should really look into re-doing it again. I wouldn't recommend buying it if you have seen the original, there is no comparison.
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Loved this book, which I bought for my daughters when they were young. Was excited to purchase for my soon-to-be-five-year-old granddaughter. Such a classy and classic "ABC" book. I enjoyed it as much as my children did!
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I was actually the Junior designer for this book 30+ years ago, so my opinion is probably slanted!! However, all will agree this is a classic, a real beauty and should be part of every child, (and adults) library!! Beautiful book.Timeless treasure.
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