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Alice and Aldo
     

Alice and Aldo

by Alison Lester
 
Spend a busy day with Alice and Aldo and have fun with the alphabet along the way. Alice and her toy donkey, Aldo, wake up, have breakfast in bed, get their clothes from the cupboard, help Dad with the dishes, and do all kinds of familiar things - and some surprising things as well. With detail typical of Alison Lester, each illustration is lined with objects, animals

Overview

Spend a busy day with Alice and Aldo and have fun with the alphabet along the way. Alice and her toy donkey, Aldo, wake up, have breakfast in bed, get their clothes from the cupboard, help Dad with the dishes, and do all kinds of familiar things - and some surprising things as well. With detail typical of Alison Lester, each illustration is lined with objects, animals, and different imaginative words beginning with the corresponding letter of the alphabet. With so much to look at and find, this is a book that very young children as well as first readers will pore over and return to again and again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lester's (Imagine; Yikes!) winsome art is the cornerstone of this alphabet cum story book, an Australian import. Readers follow Alice and her stuffed horse Aldo from the time they "awake" to "breakfast in bed," until they "visit the vegetables" andas bedtime approaches"yawn in their yogurt" and "sleep all night long" (the Zzzzzz emanates from a slumbering Alice). Though a few of Lester's alliterative phrases are forced, her cheerful, warmly colored illustrations do not disappoint. Each picture of Alice's and Aldo's activities is framed with smaller vignettes of other objects that begin with the showcased letter. A welcome splash of silliness occasionally surfaces among these spot illustrations: a wide-eyed poodle is comically coiffed and a smile appears in an unlikely spoton an undershirt. Children may also get their first exposure to Down Under with words like "echidna," "kookaburra," "wallaby" and "wombat." Curiously, Lester omits the border for "Q"; Alice feeds quacking ducks but there is no sign of a quail, queen, quilt, etc. to complete the picture. A quibble, perhaps, but an omission bound to be spotted by alert beginning readers, who are the prime audience for this inviting book. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Alice spends a busy day with her toy donkey, Aldo. On each page they are involved in a different activity using one particular letter of the alphabet. On the "B" page they have breakfast in bed. The next page shows them finding their clothes in their closet. Finally, they end their day, yawning in their yogurt and sleeping all night long. Z-z-z-z-z. Around the border of every page are labeled objects that begin with the featured letter of the alphabet. The illustrations are stylized and fun. Alice is an endearing character, full of spirit and enthusiasm. It was also nice to see her youngish mom portrayed with gray hair!
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--Beginning with "Alice and Aldo are awake," a little girl and her stuffed horse continue their alphabetical activities throughout the day: breakfasting in bed, getting "giddy on the grass," singing in the sandbox. Most of the watercolor illustrations follow the format of a central window depicting the activity described, surrounded by smaller frames of labeled objects beginning with the same letter. The single line of text on each page shows up clearly; however, except for proper nouns, only lowercase letters are used. This, along with the fact that some of the objects illustrating the letters are either difficult for beginning readers, e.g., "gnome," or not of general interest, e.g., "jodhpurs," make the book problematic for youngsters learning the alphabet. For older children already familiar with the alphabet, titles such as Anita Lobel's Alison's Zinnia (Greenwillow, 1990) and Graeme Base's Animalia (Abrams, 1993) have more interesting wordplay and pictures to capture their imaginations.--Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Horn Book Magazine
A simple, alphabet-based text follows Alice and her stuffed donkey Aldo through a typical day of play: "Ah ha! Alice and Aldo are awake.../ they have breakfast in bed, / get clothes from the closet," and so on. Each exuberant illustration depicts a delightfully childlike scene: "help Dad do the dishes" features plenty of suds atop Alice's hair, Aldo's nose, and Dad's forehead; for "paint a pink picture," ten puppies frolic near Alice's easel under a colorful autumn tree, whose bark is curiously spotted in the same pattern as the puppies' fur. Surrounding almost every one of these framed illustrations are labeled pictures of items beginning with the corresponding letter of the alphabet. While these objects bear no particular relation to the specific scene on the page (and occasionally betray the book's Australian orientation), preschoolers will enjoy identifying each one and recognizing their common first letter. With this combination of small, happy story and pictorial dictionary, Lester offers another child-appealing book with plenty to look at.
Kirkus Reviews
"Ah ha! Alice and Aldo are awake" and ready to bounce alphabetically through a day, helping their father do the dishes, handing hay to Hugo the hare, singing in the sandbox, yawning in their yogurt, and finally catching a string of Zs. Lester surrounds Alice, a child, and Aldo, a stuffed donkey, with labeled, simply drawn figures, mixing the usual suspects (ear, elephant, ice cream) with occasional surprises (an erector-set contraption, halter, UFO) and, reflecting her origin, plenty of Australian animals and items. Her cheerful characters and varied, roomy compositions create instant visual appeal; the uncontrived plot and unfamiliar examples will keep even well-read abecedarians glued to the page. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395870921
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/30/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.40(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
Up to 3 Years

Meet the Author

Australian author Alison Lester is perhaps best known for her picture books. However, she captivated her audience with her first novel, The Quicksand Pony. In a starred review School Library Journal called it "a gripping adventure story, a tale of survival, an engaging mystery, a touching animal story, and a family saga."

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