Alphabet House

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Nancy Elizabeth Wallace has done it again with her adorable three-dimensional artwork created with cut paper, scissors, and a glue stick. She invites children to enter an alphabet house and join a family of bunnies as they look for familiar objects starting with the letters A to Z. If they miss anything, an easy-to-follow answer key is provided at the back. An almost wordless text makes Alphabet House a great introduction to visual literacy, and the paper quilts on the endpapers add another colorful way to look ...

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Overview

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace has done it again with her adorable three-dimensional artwork created with cut paper, scissors, and a glue stick. She invites children to enter an alphabet house and join a family of bunnies as they look for familiar objects starting with the letters A to Z. If they miss anything, an easy-to-follow answer key is provided at the back. An almost wordless text makes Alphabet House a great introduction to visual literacy, and the paper quilts on the endpapers add another colorful way to look at the alphabet.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What a treat. Emerging readers and beginning readers will thoroughly enjoy the three-dimensional cut-paper illustrations in this book. The story begins with the introduction of the bunny family that resides in the alphabet house. Grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, and five children take part in this alphabet adventure. On each page a letter of the alphabet is represented with a family member. The bright and child-friendly cut-outs are simple but appealing to children. The goal for children is to identify as many objects possible with the corresponding letter on the page. A maraca, unicycle, hula hoop—plus shapes such as a hexagon—are some of the items depicted on the pages of the book. The author provides a glossary of words for each page and even asks for children to find more for each of the letters. Children will be entertained by the identification game, as they strengthen and enrich their vocabulary with the corresponding alphabet letters. 2005, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 3 to 7.
—Rosa Roberts
Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
What a treat. Emerging readers and beginning readers will thoroughly enjoy the three-dimensional cut-paper illustrations in this board book. The story begins with the introduction of the bunny family that resides in the alphabet house. Grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, and five children take part in this alphabet adventure. On each page, a letter of the alphabet is represented with a family member. The bright and child-friendly cut-outs are simple but appealing to children. The goal for children is to identify as many objects as possible with the corresponding letter on the page. A maraca, unicycle, and hula hoop, plus shapes such as a hexagon, are some of the items depicted on the pages of the book. Children will be entertained by the identification game, as they strengthen and enrich their vocabulary with the corresponding alphabet letters. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Children can open this book to any page and find a catalog of objects beginning with a given letter to identify. The rabbit family that lives in the Alphabet House is also introduced. With no plot or text, the book would be welcomed for preschoolers, who could connect the objects in each room with the letter, as well as older children who will enjoy the "I Spy" aspect of it. An answer key is included. Wallace's cut-paper illustrations are sharp against the primary-color backgrounds. Endpapers show the complete alphabet in primary-color blocks (although the objects interspersed out of alphabetical order may confuse children). A cheerful concept book for youngsters who are beginning to learn the alphabet and colors.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wallace's rabbit family introduces the letters of the alphabet. Inside their white clapboard house, twins Zinnia and Zoe, along with their siblings, parents and grandparents, engage in typical daily activities, each cleverly designed to present a letter. Each white-bordered illustration's theme includes items starting with the letter prominently featured in the corner. For "O," brother Zeke busily prepares oatmeal cookies in the kitchen while Zack strolls in, carrying an owl. Oranges form a colorful wall decoration while olive oil and onions reside on the shelf. Wallace's intricately cut-paper collages overflow with details and wit, giving readers numerous opportunities to find letter-appropriate objects. The vignettes provide both easily identifiable items for new learners as well as more esoteric objects, such as a zither, hexagon-wearing hippo and others, to challenge older readers. The energetic colors of the collages combined with the intriguing and changing scenarios are bound to capture readers' attention. The end pages include a legend detailing most of the items found in each letter's illustration, with the teaser suggesting that readers find more. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761451921
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Wallace
Nancy Wallace
The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars is a unique collection of poems gathered by cut-paper artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Opening the pages of this beautiful book is like stepping through the gates of a well-loved garden. Using her tiny scissors, her love of nature, and her great sense for the world of children, she invites us to explore this playful and lovely constellation of poems with her.
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