- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Series: Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Charlesbridge; unknown edition (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780881069150
- ISBN-13: 978-0881069150
- ASIN: 0881069159
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Skull Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books) Paperback – July 1, 2002
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Grade 1-4-Twenty-six mammal skulls from anteater to zebra are highlighted. Readers can see each skull, but are not told immediately to which animal it belongs. In some cases the features of the skull itself give it away, as in elephant or ram. Other times, Pallotta gives verbal clues: "A sly person can identify this skull-there are only three letters in its name" points to fox. There are also visual hints such as the mousetrap next to the cat skull and the bananas upon which the monkey skull rests. Others, such as baboon and gorilla, are particularly tough. On a spread between V and W the names of each animal featured in the alphabet are hidden among drawings of non-mammal skulls. In addition to the clues, the author works in scattered facts about skulls in general and about the individual animals. This all works pretty well, but a "hidden presidents" feature is less successful. Most illustrations include one or more U.S. presidents' faces hidden in the background or even on the skull itself. This extra feature may please kids who just love to look, but the incongruous portraits are obtrusive and detract from the cohesiveness of the theme, which is otherwise fairly appealing and effective. With little available for primary-age kids on this intriguing topic, this title is worth considering despite its flaws.
Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction. His books combine interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations that mesmerize children everywhere.
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The prose style was not always to my taste. Occasionally the prose reminded me of the condescending tone common to Permabound educational children's books from the 1950s-1970s. The bonus "find the Presidential portraits" feature seems ill-advised to me. Every time a new President is elected, this edition of the book will further date itself.
Overall I think this book is appealing and interesting.