Cover Image: An Alphabet of Alphabets

An Alphabet of Alphabets

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This is a fabulous, fun and interesting alphabet book. Each letter of the alphabet has its topic; for example, B for Birds. N for Neighborhood and right on through Z for Zoo. There is an intricate colored drawing for each of the letters. Within them, children look for objects in alphabetical order or any order they choose, of course. For example, in the bird entry, they will find an albatross, a bluebird,a cockatoo…until finally a Zebra finch. There also seems to be a mouse in each spread. The book offers lots to see and learn while being entertaining.

I enjoyed this title. I think that children will too. Maybe this is just the thing for a car trip or some fun at home.

Many thanks to NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.
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Give me all the alphabet books!! But, if you can't, just GIVE ME THIS ONE!! It is so much fun. Each letter of the alphabet has its own alphabet. Fo example, G is for games and the picture for this page has an alphabet list of games (archery, baseball etc). I could spend hours looking at it - and I plan to when I buy a copy for my classroom. I can already imagine all of the ways I will use the book - write a story based off one letter, I Spy, vocabulary building. This really is such a perfect book!
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In this fun and detailed spotting book, we have a gamut of alphabets, and for each of the 26 alphabets, which in themselves come in alphabetical order, we have 26 things to seek – each and every one starting, more less, with a different letter of the alphabet.  So, for instance, if we think of M we're in the realm of a Museum, and this double-page spread has a key along the page edges, where each letter provides something for us to seek, from Armor (sic) to Ziggurat.  N is more everyday, as that's a Neighbourhood, while O is the more exotic Oceanic world for us to explore.  It wouldn't be one of these books without added extras for us to look for – we always get a mouse here (yes, even underwater) and the number for the letter we're focussed on.  Sometimes we have a list of things to tick off in order, sometimes it's using a traditional pictographic key, sometimes we're just scanning for the correct caption in the image.  Sometimes we have to realise a completely second A-Z that's secretly included. But generally it's all good fun, with great variety in the visuals, and you do have to applaud the creators for getting right to Z in, say, the headgear round (zuchetto – a Roman Catholic's skullcap).  A strong four stars – but you'll have spotted that already.
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