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Twenty-six charcters from a small town interact with each other in alphabetical order.
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Kindergarten-Grade 1 A circular alphabet tale which relates the activities of one character per letter (``A is for Adelaide, who bothered Benny''). The format, one half-page color letter beside a half-page complementary colored picture with text below, is consistent, although the pattern varies somewhat in that the verb usually begins with the same initial sound as the character but occasionally begins with the next sound. This pat tern shift may be disconcerting to young children. Some characters' names (Edwina, Horace, Ichabod) and verbs (fascinated, hounded, yapped) are somewhat difficult, but children may have fun with these ``hundred-dol lar words.'' The cartoon style illustra tions are appealing and in some in stances seem almost life-like as they extend beyond the frame. Preferable to this book are Beau Gardner's Have You Ever Seen. . . ? (Dodd, 1986), Brian Wildsmith's ABC (Watts, 1962; o.p.), Bruno Munari's ABC (Collins, 1960; o.p.), or Gyo Fujikawa's A to Z Picture Book (Putnam, 1974). Cathy Wood ward, Lima City Schools, Ohio
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The fun begins when Adelaide bothers Benny, then all the letters of the alphabet are introduced one after the other in a chain reaction of events. The people and animals involved all belong to the same community and show up together at the end of the book. Dr. Dan delivers Edwina; Father (cooing over Edwina) neglects Gretchen who growls at Horace the dog, which in turn hounds Ichabod the cat, and so on. The transitions are not always logical, but this alluring book will have its place in the minds of readers, particularly the playful idea of contiguousness. Wolf's flat figures inhabit a kaleidoscopic world of color, wavering shapes and fancifully naive patterns. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0060265973
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0060265973