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Tomorrow's Alphabet (Mulberry Books) Paperback – April 27, 1999

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From Publishers Weekly

How, in an alphabet book, can the letter "A" stand for "seed"? Though the "A is for seed" syntax is not logical, Shannon's (Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World) amusing, letter-based word game teaches that a seed is "tomorrow's apple"; "E" is for campfire (tomorrow's embers), etc. Crews (Freight Train; Truck) depicts each subject with fairly realistic, up-close, page-filling images. The arrangement, however-the letter and non-letter object face the page with the appropriately lettered object, allowing the reader to see the answer in a glance-diminishes the surprise and the guessing that might ensue if the answer were unseen, i.e., on the following page or behind a flap. Examples such as "Y is for sheep-tomorrow's yarn" might be a bit of a stretch (in an earlier reference, "H" stands for yarn-"tomorrow's hat"), and the premise may confuse those with a shaky knowledge of the ABCs. On the other hand, young readers who have mastered the alphabet should catch on to the think-ahead concept with ease. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2?This unusual alphabet book is really a different sort of concept book. In 26 double-page spreads, the letters of the alphabet are used to demonstrate where things come from. "A is for seed" is followed on the next page with "tomorrow's APPLE." "D is for puppy?tomorrow's DOG." Crews's wonderful watercolors clarify any concepts that might be confusing to young readers. All of the combinations are clever, well chosen, and well within youngsters' experience. However, it is the vivid illustrations that make this book special. Each two-page spread offers brightly colored, large and realistic depictions of the objects named. A fun and inventive offering for today's kids and tomorrow's visionaries.?Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Mulberry Books
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688164242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688164249
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Debra on September 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An alphabet book that every age can enjoy, with a new twist on an old theme. Each letter represents something that will come in the future with that letter as its first in spelling. For example, "e" is for wood, tomorrow's embers." What a creative way to introduce vocabulary and thinking skills! Try to create your own Tomorrow's Alphabet and add to the book.
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By A Customer on December 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
My 4 year old daughter loved this book when I got it from the library. I first thought that it might be a bit confusing for her but she understood it perfectly and has memorized the entire thing. This book is definately a keeper.
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I thought this book sounded neat so I placed my order and got the book. When it arrived and I read it I could not be more disgusted. I absolutely hated this book.

I don't get the concept of teaching children that A is not for apple, but a is for seed. How in the world is that supposed to make sense or teach a child. I may be old fashioned or a bit out of it but this new way of learning is not something I am comfortable with nor ever will be. I prefer to stick with methods that have worked for over a century and my children will learn A is for apple

I wouldn't waste your money on this book. .
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Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic! It provides a great opportunity for children to think. Most of the children in my first grade class caught on to the magic of this book, and those who weren't quite ready for it loved the illustrations.
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Format: Paperback
This book is great to use for predicting outcomes. I just fold that second page back, read and show the first page, and then have the students guess what the second page might be. My students are 6th grade and they really enjoyed it. Some predictions were very easy, however, some really made you think.
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Format: School & Library Binding
As a person in the education field, I love this book. Thre are so man projects and writing assignments that you can do connected with the book. The pictures are great. The book is a wonderful twist on an ABC book.
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By Ulyyf on July 17, 2010
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This book is probably a little advanced for kids who are still trying to figure out A = apple, b = ball, c = cat. (Or maybe not. Sometimes children surprise you!) Instead of a being for apple, it's for seed - TOMORROW'S apple. H is for yarn - TOMORROW'S hat. So kids have to think a little bit about each example.

Still, even with the slightly novel approach, the book is pretty straightforward. Example and tomorrow example are given on opposite pages of the same spread (so you can see the answer before you guess it, if you like), and the language follows a careful pattern: $LETTER is for $NOUN, tomorrow's $OTHER NOUN.

The artwork is well-done and - in a little touch I'm *very happy with* - it's inclusive. There are six people shown in this book (well, two people, one person on a raisin box, two sets of hands, and a foot) and these people (and hands and foot) come in a variety of skin tones. Just like the children reading this book do. If you don't spend your time trying to find books with people that look like your own loved ones, or like your own students, you probably don't know what a big deal this is. But it IS. Children deserve to see themselves reflected in their books. Not all the time, but at least SOMEtimes.
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Format: Paperback
I have to say as a new mom, I am ASTOUNDED by how horrible some children's books are! I already have a pile of rejected books started. How do some of these even make it to the publisher? I can't even begin to explain how awful, and confusing, this particular book is, "Tomorrow's Alphabet". I laughed my butt off the first time I read it to baby, but I'll never read it to him again.
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