The Disappearing Alphabet

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9780152014704: The Disappearing Alphabet

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur turns his sharp eye to the noble alphabet and imagines what life would be like without these twenty-six little--but powerful--letters. 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.

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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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Although pre-schoolers may be puzzled by the premise, this seems just the book to help open 5- or 7-year-olds' eyes to the possibilities of language. -- The New York Times Book Review, David Sacks

At Breakfast Time, The Useful Letter T
Because They're Always Buzzing, Honey Bees
An H Can Be Too Scared To Speak, Almost
Hail, Letter F! If It Were Not For You
How Strange That The Banana's Slippery Peel
If D Did Not Exist, Some Creatures Might
If G Did Not Exist, The Color Green
If There Were No Such Thing As C
If, All At Once, There Were No Letter J
In The Word Dumb, The Letter B Is Mute
Is K Unnecessary? 'heavens, No!
It Would Be Bitter, If There Were No L
Lacking The Letter Y, I Guess
The Letter X Will Never Disappear
The Lordly Elephant Is One Whom We
M Is A Letter, But It Alternates
No N? In Such A State Of Things
Were There No V, Would Geese Still Fly
What If The Letter Q Should Be Destroyed?
What If The Letter S Were Missing?
What If There Were No Letter A?
What If There Were No Letter O
What If There Were No Letter W?
What If There Were No R? Your Boat, I Fear
Without The Letter I, There'd Be
Without The Letter U, You Couldn't Say
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

Poet Richard Wilbur and illustrator David Diaz offer a delicious way to take some spelling medicine as they play with the importance of each letter of the alphabet. Wilbur challenges the young reader (and entertains both young and old) with whimsical yet sophisticated wordplay as he ponders a world in which the alphabet begins to fade away. It's a world where cows eat hy instead of hay and serpents and snakes become hiss-less erpents and nakes. Children will be amused by the nonsense words and intrigued by Diaz's bold computer-generated artwork. A 1999 Parents' Choice® Recommendation. (Kay MacIntosh, Parents' Choice®) -- From Parents' Choice®

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