Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Alphabet Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman

The alphabet is fundamental to the English language. It's the basis of how we write words. Learning the alphabet is a big step for children; it brings them closer to being able to read and write. This book explores how letters are everywhere - not just in books or on signs but also in shapes, shadows, and nature.

The photography in this book is lovely. It captures the letters and frames them to show off their alphabetical qualities. Letters that sometimes get the short end in other alphabet books (like Q or X) here have just as much to share as other letters. Each letter gets one big photo and four small ones, showing off the many different ways that it appears in the world. This is a great book to get kids thinking about letters, particularly kids who are already familiar with the alphabet. The more abstract nature might not be the best way to introduce letters to them for the first time, but kids who know their ABCs can have a great time searching for them in their own "everywheres."

See more of Elliott Kaufman's work at his website.

I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Abbeville Press.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser
Ruby, Violet, Lime: Looking for Color by Jane Brocket
Building Stories by Isabel Hill
Urban Animals by Isabel Hill
Look Book by Tana Hoban

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