This an Amazing ABC Safari for Preschoolers! In Matthew Van Fleet’s incredible new multiconcept book, over 100 creatures and plants from A to Z hilariously demonstrate action words, synonyms, opposites, and more. Young explorers are challenged to spot four plants or animals that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Twenty-three textures plus foils, flaps, pull tabs, and even a scratch-and-sniff scent add to the interactive surprises on every page.
Review by Stanley Cup :
What a great book! You can learn about the alphabet as well as fun and friendly animals all in one place. The concept and pictures are very much like “Tails”, another great book by Van Vleet, so if you were a fan of that book, you will like this one as well. The author rhymes his way through the alphabet with visual and tactile delights, while describing animals–some familiar and some slightly off the beaten path. Your child will love the friendly illustrations of alligators, dragonflies, elephants, and frogs, while you will scratch your head and wonder how you could have gone your while life and never heard of a quahog, uacaris, or xenops–all great new Scrabble words! The fact the he chose “zorillas” for the letter “Z” and not the standard “zebra” you would find in most children’s books shows that he refuses to “dumb down” a book–instead challenging young children with new ideas.
What I really like the most about this book is that it can “grow” with your child. Very young children will enjoy touching the different textures and making the kangaroos “jump”. Older children will enjoy looking back through the book for the challenge of finding other alphabet word pictures that the author provides in the back of the book. You also get a 21-inch color poster included with the book that has pop-ups of the animals with corresponding letters that you can use to teach letters (or animals for that matter) to hang in an older child’s room. A very worthy investment for your home library.
After working hard all summer with their teacher, “Capital T,” the lower case letters of the alphabet are on their way to the first day of school. But they’re held up when the letter i loses her dot. The letters come up with a plan, and race around to find a substitute for Little i to wear s offers a star, h a heart but at the last moment the mischievous dot returns (anxious about being replaced).
Review by MEJ:
One of the things I really like about this a,b,c book is that they use lower case letters… not to worry, the upper case letters make an appearance as well . I bought this book because I found that my daughter was having problems recognizing lower case letters. That is a “capital” problem being that, when writing and reading, most letters are lower case. It seems that a lot of pre-schoolers learn the alphabet in all upper case, which can later be a problem when they are learning to write and read.
The author used an engaging story taking the little letters and the reader on an adventure to solve little i’s problem of a missing dot (be sure to look for little i’s dot hiding on each page). There is also a 2 page spread in the book that shows each letter with an item they picked in order to help little i choose a new dot – s picks a star, h picks a heart, c picks a cherry and so forth.
I like this so much better than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom which uses rhymes that aren’t very clever to tell a story that isn’t very clever which in turn makes it tedious to read to your child.
Brighter Child(R) Alphabet Flash Cards offer children a fun and easy way to practice their alphabet skills. The set features 54 cards that help reinforce phonics, uppercase and lowercase letter recognition, and reading readiness skills. Charming full-color illustrations help to engage children, and a special card also offers creative game ideas designed to reinforce learning. –The popular Brighter Child(R) Flash Cards give children a fun and easy way to practice important skills. Offering 24 titles encompassing preschool to grade 5, each title focuses on an important subject including early concept
s, math, phonics, and U.S. History. Fun game ideas and learning suggestions are included to help children build proficiency and confidence. Game cards also allow children to develop thinking, decision-making, turn-taking, and social skills while playing fun games at the same time. –Select titles are also available in English-Spanish and Spanish-only versions.
Review by KMW:
These flash cards have worked well with our preschooler. The pictures keep him interested and give him a hint when he needs one. The cards are also pretty sturdy. This has been a good product to supplement and reinforce what our child has been learning in preschool.
A. B. C. D. Unfold the full-page flaps to reveal an ant, bear, camel, and duck! Eric Carle’s illustrated alphabet and animals make learning your ABCs as easy as . . . well, A, B, C!
My grand daughter and I love the books from Eric Carle. She is 1 year old and loves this book. she still has to be very careful not to tear the pages but it is a thick book that she can hold onto very easy. And she loves the pictures.
Review by Heather Martin :
Eric Carle’s books are wonderful for children. Our son really enjoys lifting the flaps in this book to see what letter and animal come next. The best thing about this book is that it offers several different animals than what the Eric Carle ABC flash cards have on them. He’s used to the flash cards and U for Urchins, and then he comes across U for Unicorn in the book and ooohs and aahhhs. Just a great little book.
Expanding on the foundation sets that have made Bob Books such a success, My First Bob Books is a brand new series introducing Bob Books’ proven teaching tools to children who aren’t quite ready for Bob Books: Set 1.
My First Bob Books: Alphabet includes 12 books of 12 pages each, presenting the letters of the alphabet in a gentle, fun, easy-to-understand way as only Bob Books can! With upper and lowercase examples of each letter, animal characters and charming stories, your child will have fun learning new letter sounds.
Bob Books were developed to provide structure and early success for children learning to read. All Bob Books encourage the joy of reading through simplicity, consistency, humor and warmth.
Review by Margaret Chind:
I’m in love. Wait is it silly to say that about beginning readers and curriculum for teaching your child to read? Oh forget it, ridiculous or not I love these little books! Ever since I first discovered The Well-Trained Mind I have been planning on Bob Books being part of our curriculum. So I’ve been waiting for years to get involved. Then what do they do!? They come out with the My First Bob Books Series and I could not be more excited! There are even now some Sight Words sets for Kindergarten and First Grade, maybe one day I’ll get my hands on those too. If you remember in mid-March, I shared with you my excitement about the Bob Books Early Readers, a brand new series from the creators of My First Bob Books and Scholastic. They are fabulous, and you can go back and read that review. Scholastic Reader Level 1: BOB Books: Cupcake Surprise!
In the last two and a half months I have been slowly exposing AppleBlossom to the idea of learning to read, more than just reading aloud to her. These books have been great for that. Specifically using the Alphabet set she knows almost every letter of the Alphabet upper and lowercase. Other methods for reinforcement that we’ve enjoyed have been LeapFrog DVDs, Preschool Printables and fridge magnets, but I’d honestly vouch that in my opinion one of the best resources we’ve been working with are these little books.
Unlike the other Bob Books Sets which you may know and love, these My First Bob Books are meant to be read aloud to and with your child. She loves every minute of it. When we first got them, she was so excited about the size that it seemed several times a day I was trying to reorganize and get them back into their box. Thank goodness for the storage capabilities of the box! At different times we have read them in order, out of order and then just which ever one she wants. We got back for some more often than others, but these are all great. She is learning her letters and vocabulary. We’re even working on some rhymes and pictures to go along with the words.
Each book, until the end of the alphabet contains about two letters. Through out the pages there are text featuring those letters and sounds as well as images that have those letters starting their words as well. At the end of each book there is a page with a list of words to look for in both text and pictures. This makes the books very valuable, you can go through different times looking for different purposes and really enjoy them all over again.
While I absolutely love the full color of the Early Readers, with these Beginning Readers I think the one color tone on white is an excellent choice. It makes it interesting and attractive to look at, but not to distraction to take away from the text and words. I think the Bob Books company has a really winner in this My First Bob Books series and I know that it has plotting to be homeschoolers like myself with a child begging to read very happy.
*Thanks to Hopscotch Consulting, Bob Books and Scholastic for providing a copy for review.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, and the world of children’s literature was changed forever! In 1957, Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House’s best- selling series, Beginner Books. This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills. Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped kids learn to read.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children’s books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children’s books in the world.
Review by customer:
My daughter has had this book since she was 6 months old (she’s 15 months old now) and it is her favorite book, I have read it so many times that I have it memorized. She brings it to me to read at least 3 times a day. Her copy got so worn from all the hugs and taking it everywhere with her that I had to buy a new one. The longer version is great but board books are better when you have a small one.
P.D. Eastman, the author of Go, Dog, Go! and Are You My Mother? takes you on a silly romp through the alphabet.
From American Ants to a Zebra with a Zither, there are laughs in store: an elephant on eggs! A walrus in a wig!
And there’s a handy alphabet down the side of each page so that everyone can keep track of where they are in the ABC’s.
Review by J.Null
My daughter loves this book, maybe even more than her beloved, tattered “Are You My Mother” board book. I bet we have read this one a hundred times since Xmas!! The illustrations are wonderful and the alphabet “rhymes” are hilarious. I am in the process of purchasing all of PD Eastmans board books for her-I enjoy them as much as she does!
Starting with the simplest images-apples for A, bowls for B, cat for C-Sara Pinto has taken a magical leap in the concept of alphabet books. Each letter has a door, and behind each door the objects arrange and rearrange themselves so that with every letter the picture becomes more complex. Letter by letter, magical scenes unfold inside the room. With gentle humor and charming design, this lift-the-flap alphabet book transcends the genre to offer something truly unique.
Review by A.barker
We bought this book for our two year old daughter and absolutely LOVE it. It has big letters on one page and an object that starts with the letter opposite — PLUS a building picture that contains the previous objects under a lift-the-flap for each set. Our daughter quickly learned her alphabet and can now recognize all the letters and many new objects she didn’t know before: jester, quilt, painting (to name a few). Plus, this book is INTERESTING and really promotes spending some quality time with your kids. It has so much to it that we take it on airplanes and long car trips — you could spend a few minutes going quickly through letters or a half hour exploring the photos and spelling words. What a tremendous book!
Ready-to-go practice pages ensure that kids get lots of practice with each letter of the alphabet – all with the help of friendly AlphaTales creat ures! Introduce and reinforce each letter’s upper- and lowercase formation as kids experience each letter in a variety of ways. Kids will trace letters, form their own letters, and discriminate between similar letters. They’ll also develop phonemic awareness as they recognize and copy letters that represent initial sounds, play with alliterative sentences, and develop a sight word vocabulary. Great for alphabet or writing centers! For use with Grades PreK-1.
Review by customer:
There are two pages for each letter. Children can trace both capitol and lower-case letters, then practice making the shapes themselves. They identify the letters when jumbled with similar letters and complete alliterated sentences. It’s fantastic for helping with letter formation, recognition and phonetic sounds.
My daughter is three. These worksheets have been a wonderful help to her and fun, too! She loves playing “school”. The best part is the free copying!
Bestselling writer Audrey Wood and artist son Bruce present a second alphabet book with a twist: a fun mystery that will let young readers learn their lower case letters without having to study!
Engaging alphabet books are perennial bestsellers with unlimited demand. As in their previous collaboration, the Woods bring lower-case letters to life in a fun adventure. Little x has left, upset he’s hardly used, and the other letters set out to find him. They find x playing the castle xylophone for the mysterious Master, capital M, who threatens to turn them into alphabet soup! Some quick thinking by Little x saves the day, and soon they are all on their way home–just in time to make Mom’s birthday surprise: a cake with Little x all over. He’s the only one who stands for kisses!
Review by kburb28:
My 3 1/2 year old had no interest in traditional A, B, C books that went through the letters in order and just said words that started with each one. I really wanted her to start recognizing her letters so I began researching other options when I found this book (and the other 2 alphabet books by Audrey Wood). We were already fans of Wood from reading ‘The Napping House’ and ‘Silly Sally’ so I felt confident these wouldn’t disappoint. Alphabet mystery is my daughter’s favorite of the three alphabet books by Wood. She loves the story and recognizes all the main letters now, even outside of reading the story. Since buying this and the other alphabet books by Wood a month ago, my daughter has finally begun to recognize many letters both upper and lower case. I recommend these to all my friends with pre-school age kids.
Learning letters abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz from this books, this books are all about letters which makes it educational. They are great books to read with your kids, ask questions & really work with letters.