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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: Did you know that there is an animal for nearly every letter of the alphabet?! Follow along as each animal transforms itself into the shape of the letter it represents. This is a rhyming picture book for learning your ABCs.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 1 to 7
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Although our child has no difficulty recognizing letters, s/he still found the book enjoyable and picked it up independently several times. The challenge was to identify the animals more than the letters.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever book. The rhymes were a bit of a stretch in places, but as ABC books go, this was pretty good. The illustrations, where the animal transforms itself into the letter shape is creative.
Pros: The book offers an interesting way for kids to learn their ABCs, both through sound recognition and (potentially) for writing. The letter transformation through phased images also helps keep them focused on the page as you read along.
Cons: Given the potential wear-and-tear this book could receive, it needs either adult-only handling or a stronger publication format.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Rare is the ABC book that belongs on your lifelong library shelf. This is a good book for sharing, but its value over time is limited.
Educational Themes: This is a book about learning the alphabet. The visualization helps with letter recognition, and the animal transformation may offer some assistance with writing and creating the letter later on.