The Disappearing Alphabet

The Disappearing Alphabet

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ISBN-13: 9780152163624
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

RICHARD WILBUR, one of America’s most beloved poets, has served as poet laureate of the United States. He has received the National Book Award, two Pulitzer Prizes, the National Arts Club medal of honor for literature, and a number of translation prizes, including two Bollingen Prizes and two awards from PEN.


David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.

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star “Delightful...A winner that belongs in every library.”—School Library Journal
star “Inventively witty.”—Publishers Weekly
“In this book, wordplay is more fun than swordplay.”—Time Magazine
“This original and delightful new alphabet book should appeal not only to children but to everyone who loves words.”—Alison Lurie

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The Disappearing Alphabet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jmvarnad on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Packed with humor and witty subtleties, the verse in this captivating picture book is splendidly matched by Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz's hilariously clever illustrations. This book good to share with young children.
jenvid on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This is an adorable book about what happens if certain letters were missing from certain words. It covers the whole alphabet A-Z. I loved how it used quirky words and lines to incorporate reading and pronunciation of letters. This is a great book when teaching reading. It stresses on the syllables and sounds of the letters.
jeriannthacker on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Illustrates the importance of letters, interesting but long. Good for older kids, the vocabulary used can be difficult.
slgUT More than 1 year ago
The author's clever use of words...and yes, disappearing letters of the alphabet...renders this a humorous, and thought-provoking text. The illustrations enhance the thoughts, making this a truly delightful reading experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What would you do if the first letter of your name would disappear? Richard Wilbur gives a comical way to view the disappearance of the alphabet. He makes his readers think about the importance of the alphabet. 'What if there were no letter A? Cows would eat HY instead of HAY' This would be an excellent book to read to elementary students. After reading this book, they could think of what other words would be or sound like with a letter missing. The illustrations by David Diaz are unique to say the least. He uses vibrant colors and illustraions to stress the importance of what Wilbur is trying to convey. This book made me think about the alphabet in a different way. It will do the same for young readers.