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Author: Martha Alexander

Illustrator: Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, 1998; Arie Music Co. and Budd Music Corp, 1994

Material: board book

Summary: As you sing your way through the alphabet, there's an adjective to describe all the things you like about someone. At its heart, this is an alphabet book. It is a picture-book version of a classic song.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Age of Child: Read with child 2½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He picked this out at the library, and would pick it up from the shelf, but we never made it more than halfway through the alphabet.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are cute, but there isn't much else to the book. There are more engaging, fun A-B-C books out there. This seemed to be a great book because of its lyrical quality (and s/he loves music), but it didn't fly.

Pros: Having the words in front of you helps you sing the song and makes learning the alphabet fun.

Cons: If you only know part of the song's tune, you'll get stuck between some of the verses where the cadence changes.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it, if you know the tune to the whole song. It's a fun read once or twice.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT PETE ATE FROM A to Z   WINNIE THE POOH's A TO Zzzz  

Educational Themes: Aside from practicing your ABCs, it's a chance to broaden your child's horizon with positive words. They can expand their ability to describe why they like someone.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, music

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2004

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