Friday, November 16, 2012

PPBF: AlphaBetter

Another library find for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

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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  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!

  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 :)

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

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

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

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

  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 :)

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

  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.

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

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

  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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