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Alphabet Animals: A Slide-and-Peek Adventure

Overview

In this innovative book, animals take the shapes of all the letters in the alphabet! From an alligator to a zebra, each animal represents a different letter—but what could it be? To find the answer, children can pull out the pages to find the letter and the animal’s name. This fun format is perfect for children who are learning to grasp the familiarity and phonetics of the alphabet, as the first letter of each animal’s name corresponds to the letter depicted. Children will learn their ABCs while exposing ...

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Overview

In this innovative book, animals take the shapes of all the letters in the alphabet! From an alligator to a zebra, each animal represents a different letter—but what could it be? To find the answer, children can pull out the pages to find the letter and the animal’s name. This fun format is perfect for children who are learning to grasp the familiarity and phonetics of the alphabet, as the first letter of each animal’s name corresponds to the letter depicted. Children will learn their ABCs while exposing themselves to a wide array of animals. Parents and kids alike will delight in Suse MacDonald’s unique, cut-paper, collage-style artwork.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
In her introduction, the author says she used the concept behind this book to introduce art and the alphabet to school children for many years before realizing that it would make a great book. How right she is! Here is a book that children can use on their own to strengthen their familiarity with the alphabet as they develop awareness of line and color in art. Each page of the book is, in reality, a sturdy envelope that holds a large slide-out card. There is a thumb-nail cut-out in the outer edge of each envelope which allows the card to be pulled outward but not out of the envelope. The first illustration, on a bright red background, shows an alligator bending in a way that makes the shape of the letter A. Pull out the card and the letter A appears above the word Alligator on a bright yellow background. On the opposing page a blue bird with a large round eye and a bright green feather on its back rests on a darker blue background. A lighter blue card can be pulled out to reveal a bright red B with the word Bird printed below. The bird is a little less obviously shaped like a B, but a finger can easily trace the shape of a B on the bird. And so it goes, cheerful, bright colors; amusing pictures of animals and a tactile urge to move your finger around each animal and bird to follow the contour of a letter! The practice of asking children who are learning the alphabet to trace the outline of each letter with their fingers is an established learning tool, and it is fun to do! Especially recommended for children having trouble learning the alphabet. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal

PreS-K

A note to parents explains that this book is a guessing game in which animals and birds are drawn in the shapes of letters and children are encouraged to identify them. Each page presents one critter, set against a bright backdrop, with a pull-out panel that reveals the letter represented along with the name of that particular animal. The color combinations are eye-catching and the images are appealing, as legs and various body parts are imaginatively arranged to mimic capital letters. A cat curls gracefully to form a "C," a jellyfish's tendrils drape down to make a "J," and a yak's yellow horns extend into a "Y." This is a clever way to help children learn the alphabet and reinforce pre-reading skills.-Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
The alphabet's been good to MacDonald, who won a Caldecott Honor for Alphabatics (1986), and she has certainly returned the favor. Her latest abecedarian effort is a very simple toy/movable book for very young readers. It's a guessing-game/puzzle book of animals, each representing, in the shape it assumes and the initial character of its name, an uppercase letter of the alphabet. Every clean, colorful, crisply graphic page is actually a pocket in which is concealed a sliding card revealing the letter hinted at by the animal, along with that creature's name. A is for Alligator; B (one of MacDonald's favorite avian-shape letters) is for Bird. Although it's relatively sturdy, this striking book may not long endure the rigors of rough handling, but that shouldn't prevent librarians and educators from purchasing. Just know that curious little hands may not be able to resist investigating those pockets to learn what makes them work. A coup of concept, color and construction. (Picture book/toy book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416950455
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Slide-and-Peek Book Ser.
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 983,509
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Suse MacDonald published her first book, Alphabatics, for Simon & Schuster in 1986. This book won a Caldecott Honor in 1987, kicking off a prolific and successful career. Suse continues to write and illustrate books for children, including Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round, Alphabet Animals: A Slide and Peek Adventure, and Dino Shapes. Suse loves to work in her studio and finds pleasure in encouraging readers to make their own artistic discoveries. Suse lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband, Stuart.

Suse MacDonald published her first book, Alphabatics, for Simon & Schuster in 1986. This book won a Caldecott Honor in 1987, kicking off a prolific and successful career. Suse continues to write and illustrate books for children, including Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round, Alphabet Animals: A Slide and Peek Adventure, and Dino Shapes. Suse loves to work in her studio and finds pleasure in encouraging readers to make their own artistic discoveries. Suse lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband, Stuart.

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