A Isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet

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Experts know that sometimes the best way to teach a child what something is is to teach him what it isn't. Educator Wendy Ulmer applies that principle in her jaunty, out-of-the-box alphabet A isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet. Running through the alphabet, beginning readers are given a letter and then told what the letter topic isn't. A isn't for box; it isn't for fox. A is for ants that crawl over your socks. Laura Knorr's colorful, engaging artwork perfectly captures the wit and whimsy behind the alphabet that ...
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Overview

Experts know that sometimes the best way to teach a child what something is is to teach him what it isn't. Educator Wendy Ulmer applies that principle in her jaunty, out-of-the-box alphabet A isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet. Running through the alphabet, beginning readers are given a letter and then told what the letter topic isn't. A isn't for box; it isn't for fox. A is for ants that crawl over your socks. Laura Knorr's colorful, engaging artwork perfectly captures the wit and whimsy behind the alphabet that isn't what it seems but is so much more!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
Readers take an unexpected journey through the alphabet in this fun alphabet book of isn't. Each page begins by saying what the letter is not for: A is not for fox, B is not for kite, C is not for nap, and so forth through the alphabet until W is not for door, X is not for seas, Y is not for fairy, and Z is not for pipes. Of course, each rhyme ends with what the letter is for: ants, bats, cat, and so forth on to woodpecker, xenops (apparently a rare bird in the Rain Forest), yaks, and zebras. The full-page colorful illustrations capture the humor between what the letter is and is not for: the ants wander over the fox, the woodpecker has to create his own door. This would be a great opportunity for teachers and parents to brainstorm letters and beginning sounds with pre-readers and beginning readers. The illustrations are delightful, and the rhymes are usually natural-sounding and fun for children to repeat. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- Alphabet books abound, but playful verse and an inventive concept set this "Isn't Alphabet" apart from more traditional titles. Ulmer tells her listeners what each letter does not stand for before offering a word that begins with the correct sound. "A isn't for box; it isn't for fox/A is for ants that crawl over your socks./B isn't for kite; it isn't for light./B is for bats that fly by in the night." Though the entertaining non-examples show an appreciation for the audience's sense of the silly, Knorr's charming paintings of winking cats, smiling jellyfish, trumpeting lions, and pillow-fighting llamas are worth the purchase price alone. Each letter is presented in upper- and lowercase with an accompanying array of images. Children who are confident in their phonemic prowess will be enticed to identify the appropriate noun pictured with each letter. Artful compositions will invite even younger listeners to linger over each illustration, regardless of the potential lesson. The anthropomorphized images make even the less-familiar creatures in Ulmer's examples ("nuthatch," "Xenops") more accessible. This pleasant work will be at home in most libraries.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Knorr's big, smiling menagerie supercharges an ABC that offers examples both right and silly for every letter. Each verse follows the same pattern-"A isn't for box; it isn't for fox. / A is for ants that crawl over your socks"-printed in lines that curve through scenes featuring spread-filling, accurately depicted caricatures of familiar animals in active, often comical poses. Despite a bobble at "O," in which an Octopus is knitting eight socks with but four pairs of needles, the examples are clear and clever, along with being presented in unforced rhyme just right for a rambunctious read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585363193
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Picture Books
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 415,317
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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