My First ABC

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In this abridged board book edition of the successful hardcover picture book, Museum ABC, kids can learn their ABCs with the accompaniment of stunning artwork from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A page is devoted to each letter of the alphabet and a single, memorable picture of the object is represented; for example, the classic "A is for APPLE" is accompanied by a well-known piece of art by Cezanne showing apples. Adults will love the visual and cultural richness of this alphabetical tour, which also includes ...

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Overview

In this abridged board book edition of the successful hardcover picture book, Museum ABC, kids can learn their ABCs with the accompaniment of stunning artwork from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A page is devoted to each letter of the alphabet and a single, memorable picture of the object is represented; for example, the classic "A is for APPLE" is accompanied by a well-known piece of art by Cezanne showing apples. Adults will love the visual and cultural richness of this alphabetical tour, which also includes details about each piece of art and its creator in the back. And with rounded edges and a smaller format, this is a perfect fit for younger children just learning the alphabet.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
From its stencil-cut cover through the fascinating art work selections made for each letter, this has got to be one of the more ambitious board books on the market. The lucky reader/user/viewer will be the adult sharing the book with a child—guessing which images were created by which artists. And the selection is quite catholic: A Japanese print by Hokusai mixes with an Indian drawing from the Mughal period and a fragment of a bestiary tapestry from the Renaissance; Egyptian motifs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's famed collection share pride of place with Frank Stella's quite contemporary "X" (Haines City); not to mention the more expected Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer. On the other hand, one could ignore the images' identities and see them through a toddler's eyes. It is amazing how quickly they become really pretty pictures of umbrellas, and queens (an amazingly attractive young Queen Victoria from Sully's 1838 portrait), not to mention apples and boats. Fortunately the book's back matter includes a work-by-work identification of each image used, because parent readers will want to know these answers. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316068178
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 528,168
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a world-renowned art collection.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    STRAIGHT A'S FOR THIS BOARD BOOK

    Fortunate is the youngster who receives a copy of My First ABC! Not only will a child learn our alphabet but will also be introduced to some of the most famous paintings in the world.

    Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a segment or detail of a painting. For instance the letter A appears with Paul Cezanne's "Apples"; B is presented with a portion of "Boys In A Dory" by Winslow Homer, and so it goes. Each page is a colorful artistic treasure, wonderful reproductions mounted on sturdy boards for small hands to explore over and over again.

    If you happen to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art surely a child who is familiar with this book will be excited to see and recognize many of the paintings. Or, if a visit isn't on your agenda, do believe a virtual tour is available.

    Whatever the case, My First ABC takes the prize for an alphabet book. Closing pages identify each work of art and show it in full. As the book cover notes, "A is for Apple, but it's also for Art!"

    Enjoy!

    - Gail Cooke

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