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From Publishers Weekly

Images fine and funky accompany each letter of the alphabet in three noteworthy offerings. Museum ABC from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, announces "A is for Apple" while, opposite, a full-color spread divided into quadrants presents the evidence with details from Roy Lichtenstein's Red Apple, a detail from Paul Cezanne's Apples and two other works from the museum's collection. "N" features the noses of Giorgio de Chirico (a detail from his Self-Portrait) and Nefertari Kneeling in Adoration, a detail from the subject's Egyptian tomb, among others. Back matter provides further information about each artwork. All ages.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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reSchool-Grade 3-Alphabet books are a dime a dozen, and the text of this one is no different than most: "A is for apple. B is for boat." What saves it from banality is the artwork. For example, the letter "D" is illustrated with reproductions from around the world-three male dancers from 16th-century India; a fierce, masked performer of 18th-century Japan; a rather surreal-looking pair of Colombian dancers; and an Impressionistic bevy of ballerinas by Degas. It is a shame that all this outstanding art has not been given a more thoughtful and exciting layout. Each spread contains a page of text facing a leaf of details from works of art tightly and symmetrically situated in evenly divided, square slots. The reproductions themselves are excellent, often humorous, and always eye-catching, but the book itself seems mainly intended to showcase the extensive holdings of the Metropolitan Museum. Still, it is a nice introduction to famous paintings, but may be most appreciated by visitors to the museum.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316071706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316071703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My son's godmother gave it to him for his first birthday, and everyone at the party was entranced. It shows four paintings (or details from paintings) for each letter. For instance, H is for hair, and the pictures are of George Washington, a Japanese geisha, a French woman in the 18th century, and an Egyptian princess. This is a book you can look at again and again, and that adults won't tire of. A great, unusual ABC book.
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This book is wonderful gift for children ages 2 and up. Age 2 children (like my son) will enjoy counting the apples on the A page, for example. Some of the art includes complex scenes that school-age children may enjoy losing themselves in. The book helps teach children about art and the alphabet in an intelligent, non-cutesy fashion. Each letter has a two-page layout: one page is: "[Letter] is for [one word]" in large type, and the second page is four different artistic intrepretations of that word, like: an Egyptian mural, a Japanese woodblock print, a Renaissance canvas, and nineteenth century French painting. What a refreshing change from cartoonish, character-based children's books!
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My daughter is 20 months old, and I realized last month that I didn't have a good ABC book with big large letters, I'm also a fan of art and the opportunity to expose her to different styles of artwork.

This book is just about perfect. When you read this book, one whole page is dedicated to the letter e.g. "A is for Apple " and then the opposite page features 4 different depictions of apples. It's uncluttered and I think it helps expand their minds.

The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is that I personally disagree about the choices of words/artwork associated with some of the letters... specifically:

M is for Monster... with somewhat intimidating depictions of monsters
V is for Vegetable and I just think that the artwork of vegetables they chose could have been more recognizable there was an onion, some peas and then it looked like two images of cabbage or lettuce.

All in all, my daughter really likes this book, and I really like the layout and the ability to teach her each letter & expose her to art.
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As a parent, teacher and art lover, I'm always looking for quality art books for children. This book delivers beautifully. Both simple and elegant, it reinforces letter sounds and gives a mini "I Spy" with four paintings for each letter, as the above review describes. It is even careful to give the short sound for vowels; for example, U is for "umbrella," not "unicorn." This is an important distinction for very young children who will most likely learn the short sound first in school. Meanwhile, your child's eye is becoming increasingly comfortable viewing different styles of visual art, as each letter's object is offered in varying styles. Highly recommended - a great gift, too. Let's give our kids the gift of art appreciation!
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The recommended reading level for this book is ages 4-6, but my almost 2 year old son LOVES it. I really enjoy it as well. I think this is a wonderful way to introduce children to art and letters.

I really appreciate that all the artwork is cited in the back of the book. My son doesn't care about that now, but I do! What I love MOST about this book is that the four paintings featured for each letter are so very different. It enhances a child's imagination and abstract thought. This is a favorite in our collection.

I also highly recommend the other two books in this series, "Museum 123" and "Museum Shapes."
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This is really a great book and a great alphabet learning tool for toddlers. The letters are all presented in very large print and the art is very lovely. It's a good, unique book for a child since most other ABC books only have very basic pictures rather than famous masterpieces. The only complaint I have is that "M is for Monster". The monsters are not the Sesame Street variety, but are actually kind of creepy-looking beasts. Not the best choice for young children. We always sort of skip the letter M.
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This book is beautiful and can be admired by adults as well as children. The child can learn ABC's and words that begin with the ABC's. For each letter there are four pictures depicted of the word it starts with on the opposite page. For example, B is for BOAT and the opposite page has four paintings of boats from the museum on the opposite page.

This book is appropriate for ages 2-5.
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I am always looking for ways to incorporate quality art into the things my children look at every day. This is an excellent choice for an early childhood bookshelf. The letters and word are very clearly printed on one side of the page with four very different paintings of the word on the other side. To be a truly functional ABC book, it helps to have the letter and sight word printed clearly in a simple font like this. Each painting is then thoroughly covered in the index. It might have been nice to include at least the name of the painting on each page in small font for the parents to reference, but leaving it to the index helps the pictures keep a "clean" look. Very thankful to have this book in our home.
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