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The Letters Are Lost! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Letters Are Lost! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Long ago, all the letters of the alphabet were together in their box, but one by one they disappeared, and now the reader helps to find them.


Long ago, all the letters of the alphabet were together in their box, but one by one they disappeared, and now the reader helps to find them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Alphabet blocks and other toy-chest habitus star in this pleasingly designed ABC primer, which opens with the wooden cubes carefully arranged in a wagon. "But time passed. First one block disappeared, then the next.... The letters are lost! Come, let's find them, one by one." A roundup of the missing toys reveals that "A flew high in an Airplane. / B tumbled into the Bath. / C joined a family of Cows," and so on. Alert readers will notice other letter-related objects in each illustration; for instance, when "M admired himself in a Mirror," a Moon is visible on the woodblock's reverse side, and a Mouse peers into the glass as well. Ernst (Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale) frames each scene in a square, and every alphabet block serves both as a pictograph and as an active participant in the illustration. The artist softens the rectangles' hard edges by outlining them unevenly in black ink and filling each shape with muted, warm watercolor hues. Inviting and stimulating. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Old-fashioned, wooden letter blocks form the inspiration for this cheerful alphabet book. The images are bright and bold, yet comforting rather than brash. These accessible illustrations are coupled with an intelligent typestyle that is actually large enough for little ones to pick out letters. Surprise creatures whose names also begin with the same letter are tucked unobtrusively into most pages of the alphabet. This is a very pleasant book, with a sense of humor behind the simple story line.
Ilene Cooper
Ernst, the author of such ebullient favorites as "Zinnia and Dot" (1992), here offers an alphabet book that is just right for its target audience. The premise is that the wooden blocks, with one letter to a block, were once together in their box. But now they've all gone astray. Where are they? Well, the "A" is in an airplane, the "B" has tumbled into the bath, and the "L" has landed in a pile of leaves. Each block is prominently featured in the framed paintings that show simple shapes and situations, which are, for the most part, easily identifiable to young ones. Although there is nothing especially groundbreaking about her book, Ernst gets high marks for having everything just right: the colors, the size, the appeal. At the book's conclusion, the blocks are back together but "not for long. Soon they will disappear again. Can you guess where they might go?" An open invitation to have children make up their own scenarios while learning their letters. Fun!

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9.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.50(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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