Abigail Spells

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Can Abigail spell her way to the top?

Abigail is good at many things. She can dance the cha-cha, make up stories to tell her best friend, George, and strike a fabulous pose. But there is one thing she loves to do most of all: Abigail loves to s-p-e-l-l. When her school announces the annual spelling bee, Abigail spends her days practicing with the help of George, but things don’t go according to plan. Can George convince Abigail that winning ...

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Overview

Can Abigail spell her way to the top?

Abigail is good at many things. She can dance the cha-cha, make up stories to tell her best friend, George, and strike a fabulous pose. But there is one thing she loves to do most of all: Abigail loves to s-p-e-l-l. When her school announces the annual spelling bee, Abigail spends her days practicing with the help of George, but things don’t go according to plan. Can George convince Abigail that winning isn’t everything?

Anna Alter’s gentle text, which contains fun words to spell throughout, and gorgeous illustrations make for a perfect match in this endearing story of friendship.

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Abigail enjoys doing things with her best friend George. One of Abigail's favorite things to do is spelling. She would spell from dawn to dusk because she loves it so much. Naturally when the spelling bee contest at the school is announced, Abigail is ecstatic. The winners in the school spelling bee go on to the City Fair contest. George helps Abigail practice for the spelling bee. The big day arrives; Abigail can hardly contain the excitement that she feels. When it is time for the spelling bee, the contestants sit on the stage in the auditorium. It is Abigail's turn to spell, and she suddenly feels strange. Her mind draws a blank at the word, elephant. Sadly, Abigail is not going to be one of the contestants in the City Fair Spelling Bee. She is devastated. Although Abigail does not make the cut for the spelling bee, she discovers the value and importance of friendship. Brightly colored acrylic pictures illustrate the story throughout the book using animals as the characters in the story. The story is simple yet the themes are important. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Every child faces failure at some point, and this gentle story reminds readers how important supportive friends are in these situations. Abigail and George do everything together, from music to art to storytelling. The one thing that Abigail loves to do most, however, is to spell. With George's encouragement, she enters the school spelling bee; but then she makes a mistake and is eliminated. She is devastated until George tells a story reminding her how wonderful she truly is. Alter's folk-style acrylics done in warm, muted shades beautifully complement this steady-paced, conversational story. A swell selection.-Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD

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This winsome tale demonstrates the value of friendship during the trials and travails of life. The announcement of the school spelling bee delights Abigail. With George's assistance, she earnestly begins preparing for the big day, gleefully spelling out words at every opportunity. However, besieged by stage fright during the contest, Abigail makes a mistake. George's stalwart companionship and his wise words provide the devastated Abigail the comfort she needs. Alter's simply told text deftly conveys the genuine affection between the friends and treats Abigail's disappointment with the gravity it deserves. The enduring message of the inevitability of setbacks and the necessity of gracefully coping-with a little help from friends-will appeal to readers struggling with their own challenges. Heavily pigmented acrylic paintings impart a quaint, old-fashioned feel to the tale, imbuing it with a classic timelessness; the double-page close-up of Abigail's moment of failure is a portrait of shame and disappointment embodied. Quiet and unassuming, this sympathetic testament to friendship is a great addition to a child's shelf. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375856174
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Alter graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has written and illustrated a number of children’s books, including What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe? and Francine’s Day. She lives in Boston.

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