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Children's LiteratureA bunny appears on each page of this reissued alphabet book. The bunny provides continuity with each letter of the alphabet featured in a loosely-constructed story. The bunny is startled by the apple crashing and off he hops, making woodland discoveries on his way. Yet every letter is not represented by a woodland creature, such as the frog, lizard and quail. The piecing together of a storyline for the bunny results in M for mealtime, N for napping and V for valley view. The XYZ pages are innovative as well. The black and white prints are skillful, but it may take repeated readings for today's young children to see the vividness without the use of color. The text rhymes and works with a few Tra la las for the ABC Song included at the front and end of the book. The jacket flap reveals that this song was composed by a member of the author's family. Unfortunately the same jacket flap implies that the letter G is for Greens eaten by the bunny. Bunny does munch greens but G is for Gale! It is a small point and does not take away from the publisher's smart decision to reissue this classic in children's literature. 2004 (orig. 1933), University of Minnesota Press, Ages 4 to 7.
—Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.