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Summary: This ABC book features plants, animals and culture from Africa. This book is written in verse and contains a glossary at the end. This is a poetic alphabet book.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader, advanced reader
Recommended Age: 2 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child enjoyed the verse and liked trying to figure out which pictures matched the new words we learned. S/He also enjoyed finding the boy, girl, and cat that are illustrated on each page.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book is great. Not only did my child learn new words, I did too. The illustrations are good and the verse makes it more interesting to younger children. The glossary in the back is very detailed and informative.
Pros: There are lots of positives: illustrations and variety of items unique to Africa that are listed. The thick paper and sturdy binding help, too.
Cons: The first word in the glossary is “Aardvark- antbear or anteater….” Although an aardvark is similar in diet and general appearance to an anteater, they are absolutely different animals, found on different continents.
Borrow or Buy: Buy it. It will take many readings to really learn the many, many terms used in the text.
Educational Themes: This is one of the great ABC books that goes beyond letters and object identification to true learning.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, poetry, cultures and society
Date(s) Reviewed: October 2005
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