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Alphabet Room

Alphabet Room

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by Sara Pinto
     
 

Starting with the simplest images-apples for A, bowls for B, cat for C-Sara Pinto has taken a magical leap in the concept of alphabet books. Each letter has a door, and behind each door the objects arrange and rearrange themselves so that with every letter the picture becomes more complex. Letter by letter, magical scenes unfold inside the room. With gentle humor

Overview

Starting with the simplest images-apples for A, bowls for B, cat for C-Sara Pinto has taken a magical leap in the concept of alphabet books. Each letter has a door, and behind each door the objects arrange and rearrange themselves so that with every letter the picture becomes more complex. Letter by letter, magical scenes unfold inside the room. With gentle humor and charming design, this lift-the-flap alphabet book transcends the genre to offer something truly unique.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This creative and compact lift-the-flap book, designed as a square with rounded corners, results in a subtle game of I Spy. Its unassuming initial spreads introduce "A/ apples," "B/ bowl," "C/ cat" and "D/ dog." Each left-hand page presents the oversize letter and the word, while each right-hand page offers a picture of the named item on a bold square background with hinges and a doorknob. Open this paper door, and an interior spread depicts a rectangular room with pale yellow walls. Herein, all the named objects accumulate and interact. The calm cat and dog play politely with the "F/ fish," "G/ guitar" and "H/ hat," and "I/ ivy" precedes "L/ lamb" into the room. Consecutive stages show the little lamb eating the ivy (according to a popular 1940s song), and the ivy growing back; and an errant "moustache" prompts some amusing scenarios (first the cat wears it, then the dog, etc.). "P/ painting" seems to be a static portrait of a man and horsecart on a country road, but the sequence reveals that the portrait's components move around, creating a multilayered frame within a frame. Pinto, making her children's book debut, draws and paints in a delicate hand. Her controlled watercolors stay within her fine ink line, and the objects and animals never act the least unruly. Pinto's book is in good company this fall, with the many alphabetic offerings, including Shirley and Milton Glaser's The Alphazeds, an ABC that likewise packs an empty room (albeit with letters, not objects). Pinto's may be quieter, but her many combinations of the 26 elements will keep onlookers of all ages entertained. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This chunky, cloth-bound book is another variation on the classic alphabet book format. Each double page spread features a letter of the alphabet. On one side is a large hand-drawn capital letter with the name of an appropriate object underneath. On the facing page, the illustrator has drawn a picture of that object. It is not a surprise that "A" has the word "apples." The big surprise for the reader is the door that they lift up shows a room filled with all the objects mentioned. So by the time you get to "Z" the room is crammed packed with a zebra, yarn, a xylophone, and twenty-three other things. 2003, Bloomsbury Press, Ages 2 to 5.
— Sally J. K. Davies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582348414
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/07/2003
Edition description:
LIFTFLAP
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
7.45(w) x 7.21(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Sara Pinto is a designer who lives with her family in Montpelier, Vermont. The Alphabet Room is her first book and is the recipient of the PEN New England Children's Book Discovery Award.

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Alphabet Room 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MathTeacher412 More than 1 year ago
I love the layout of the book. Each letter appears on its own page and the accompanying page shows the picture affiliated with the letter. For the most part, the words are easy for small children to understand. I didn't like the word "jester" for the letter j. I could think of better words. Overall, though, the book is great. I also love that it's a board book because my daughter rips paperback books too easily. I'm not a big fan of all of the illustrations or the flapping pages (my daughter ignores them), but I was eager to find a book that is simple and yet educational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a charming original rendition of the alphabet. The word examples are mostly common ones but as the book proceeds they occur together in a room in unusual combinations. And each page opens up so the kids get to participate, always a favorite thing to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very clever book with beautiful illustrations--it has been a favorite in our home for several years.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute favorite among MANY other books! It is great fun to search each page for different items (they move around w/ each added letter). I don't know if this will be a favorite for everyone - sometimes things just click and you can never tell what will be a hit. But I thought I'd share in the hopes that someone else will enjoy this book as much as we have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have searched high and low for a book like this. Each page is dedicated to one huge letter of the alphabet with an adjoining page having a picture to complement that letter. My daughter is 1.5 yrs. old and she carries this book everywhere. No cluttered pictures or sentences to distract the child from learning the alphabet. She can now recite her abc's from this book. I have bought many books, this one by far is the best for teaching and learning. Wish I could find a number book just like it!