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Elegant and timeless, The Illustrated Alphabet is the type of treasure you would expect to find in your grandmother’s dusty attic, perfect for the tender hearts of your preschoolers.
There are no pop culture superheroes here; The Illustrated Alphabet is a joyous travel through the alphabet with zoo animals. With animals from grumpy gorillas to uppity umbrella birds, there is a different letter and animal on each beautifully illustrated page.
To help children remember letter sounds, there are simple stories filled with alliterative sentences that help to develop letter and phonetic recognition.
The Illustrated Alphabet is a fun book to read and discuss, with lovely illustrations of additional objects to search out that start with the letter of the page.
This luxurious, cloth-bound hardback book comes well protected in a beautifully decorated slipcase.
Publisher: Usborne Books
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 5/8
Age Recommendation: 2+
I really enjoy reading this book to my kids. The illustrations are beautiful and it's a very nice quality book. This is one of my favorite alphabet books that we have.
My son is “reading” (has memorized) this book and LOVES it! He amazed my mom when he took it to her and began reading it to her! Beautiful book with a simple pattern. As to it being negative, yes it is. I don’t have a problem with this however because sometimes we all have bad days and I thought this book took what could have been a terrible day and put a humorous spin on it. That’s probably one of the best ways to cope with bad days in my opinion.
This book makes learning about the alphabet a lot of fun. It has a story line, multiple examples of the letter in use on each page, and amazing illustrations. We are learning everything from recognizing letters, to the order they go in, tons of examples of words that start with each letter, and even how each letter sounds all because it is all built into the book and makes it easy to fun!
I was initially excited by this, but it's not what I hoped for.
The great parts:
The pictures and cover are pretty and interesting.
The sentences are written with the letter many times so there are many opportunities for the child to find the letter and to emphasis the sound.
My children seem interested in it.
The down sides:
The stories feel incomplete. The story with almost every letter is that the animal was fed food it didn't want. My almost 3 year old is empathetic and loves stories so he keeps asking what they're feeling and the answer is always sad. That gets frustrating after a while which makes me not want to read it. However, some families may find the animals' dilemma interesting or silly.
I bring this book in some weeks but in general I find an ABC book at the library to read instead.
I liked this book. Beautifully illustrated and lots of creativity. My son thinks it is funny. While it is negative (per the other reviewer), I think it is more written with humor. My son was more engaged due to the silliness of it.