How to Build an A

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Don't just learn your letters—build them!

It's a book, it's a puzzle—and best of all, it's a way to learn the ABCs. Sara Midda's delightful How to Build an A comes with 11 fully safety-tested EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) pieces that can be pushed together to build all the letters of the alphabet, uppercase and lowercase. In the accompanying book, Midda, the British artist known for her charming watercolors, shows children the way. Each page introduces a new letter—A is for ...

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Overview

Don't just learn your letters—build them!

It's a book, it's a puzzle—and best of all, it's a way to learn the ABCs. Sara Midda's delightful How to Build an A comes with 11 fully safety-tested EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) pieces that can be pushed together to build all the letters of the alphabet, uppercase and lowercase. In the accompanying book, Midda, the British artist known for her charming watercolors, shows children the way. Each page introduces a new letter—A is for Apple, B is for Boy—and is illustrated with Midda's tiny people, who are shown comically hauling and heaving the pieces into place. Children will love the hands-on fun of bringing the letters of the alphabet to life. And parents will appreciate the mesh bag that comes with the kit, so all the parts stay together and can be used over and over again. For preschool and up.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson Davis
This is a brilliant idea for teaching children through tactile learning. The book is quite simple. Each letter of the alphabet has two pages. Included on the pages are a short sentence written in easy to read text, a water color picture illustrating the sentence, and a small diagram of how to build the letter using the foam pieces that are sold with the book. For example, the pages for the letter "L" contain the following sentence, "L is for leaf." It has a watercolor picture of a leaf, and a diagram with a long white foam piece next to a horizontal short foam piece. The book comes with eleven shapes that can make all the letters of the alphabet. This is a wonderful way to teach the alphabet in a physical and visual way at the same time. The child can look at the letter, and then feel the letter while making the shapes. Every child learning the alphabet could benefit from a book like this. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson Davis
Publishers Weekly

Offering a hands-on approach to learning the alphabet, this small-format book comes with 11 off-white foam shapes (as well as a mesh storage bag). In the book, miniature, stylized people (and the occasional dog) work together to construct each letter of the alphabet, using rectangular blocks and arcs shaped just like the foam pieces. Playful, irreverent illustrations accompany each letter being constructed: for "N is for Nose," two of the tiny people play in and around an elongated, drippy proboscis; with Z, the zebra participates in having his stripes painted on his back. But those interested in "building" three-dimensional letters, as the title promises, may be disappointed: the pieces don't fit together seamlessly. For example, if kids try to make the letter "B" following the illustration in the book, the vertical piece isn't long enough to accommodate both of the "loops"; these have to be overlapped, in which case the loop placed on top tilts sadly toward one end. (Using a set of pieces different from what is shown will solve this problem but not similar ones.) A good idea just shy of realization. Ages 2-up. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579653781
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 11/7/2008
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 436,383
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Midda is an artist who lives in West Sussex, England, and previously lived in the south of France. Her most recent book is Artisan’s children’s activity book How to Build an A.

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