Friday, November 16, 2012

PPBF: AlphaBetter

Another library find for Perfect Picture Book Friday:


AlphaBetter
Written by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by Graham Ross
Orca Book Publishers, 2006

Suitable for: Ages preschool to grade 1

Theme/Topic: Alphabet, Sharing

Opening: Alberto had an alligator, but he didn't have a bathing suit.

Brief Synopsis: In this offbeat alphabet book, children find themselves with the wrong objects for the tasks at hand until they find a way to help each other out.

Link to Resources: Alphabet Letter Worksheets A list of 10 online lesson plans for Learning ABCs. The story provides an opportunity to talk about sharing with others.

Why I chose the book: You know from the title the book is different. When I opened it up, I enjoyed the unique illustrations for each letter's character. An alphabet book with a fun, unexpected ending is always nice. We are reading a lot of ABC and counting books right now. This book provided a nice twist in our reading experience.

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16 comments:

  1. What an unusual alphabet book. I love the idea of kids having to figure out to work together to help ech other out. Beautiful choice!

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  2. You're lucky to find that while your son is young enough to enjoy it. I might test it out on Hannah anyway it sounds funny :)

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  3. It's great to find more unusual alphabet books like this. I also like Z is for Moose.

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  4. Sounds like fun - almost thought the illustrator could be Marla Frazee.

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  5. Cute! It looks like a really different kind of alphabet book! Great pick! :)

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  6. Oh how I love concept books. Let me count the ways....

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  7. This sounds like a very fun twist on an alphabet book, Stacy! I'll have to check this one out and see if my granddaughter would like it :)

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  8. Hi Stacy,
    Another perfect picture book offering!
    I love anything to do with the alphabet.
    Tracy

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  9. Can I throw my 2 cents in and agree that this is a fabulous book. No "A is for apples, alligators and acorns" - it's a thinking alphabet book. Which also has great illustrations. Dan bar-El came to our school a few years ago as a visiting author/storyteller. Over the course of a day, he told stories to all the students in the school - kindergarten to grade 7. Every single child and adult was spell bound. And he is a very nice man.

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  10. I love seeing new alphabet book concepts - just when you think "It's all been done before" something new turns up. Thanks!

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  11. Hi, Stacy! Sounds like a fun book to read. The cover is cute. : )

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  12. You're right the name sounds awesome, and if the rest of it is great like you say, I'll definitely have to check this out. :)

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