Book of the Week: Alligator Alphabet

Hi there! Katje here.

Today I’m going to talk a little about the book Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Stephanie Bauer as part of my Book of the Week series.

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A bit about the book: Alligator Alphabet is a book full of rhyming sentences that teach the letters of the alphabet using animals. Animals covered include alligators, emus, llamas, owls, wolves, rabbits, and more. The illustrations are bright and colorful. Many of the pages include tidbits about the animals — owls hunt and hoot; yaks have long shaggy hair, etc.

What kids will get out of this book and why it’s special: We’re all familiar with the ABCs song, but it’s not the only way to learn the alphabet and sometimes might not even be the best way! For kids who are more visually oriented learners or who struggle with auditory learning, a book like this will work better for familiarizing them with the letters of the alphabet, as well as teaching them about different animals. The colorful illustrations are attention grabbing, and the rhymes and association of animals with letters help with memory retention.

This is one of the few Barefoot Books that doesn’t really have a story attached, except the lines that give the animals quite a bit of depth. There’s no beginning, middle, and end, but there are memorable characters — like the camels who dare you to chase them, or the zebra who gallop here and there!

Alligator Alphabet is a board book, too, so it’s appropriate for very young children. (As are the two related books, Counting Cockatoos and Octopus Opposites.)

See you next week with another Book of the Week!


Book of the Week: The Real Princess (A Mathemagical Tale)

Hello everyone, Katje here. Welcome to 2015! I hope the new year is treating you well so far.

As it’s the first month of the year, for my Book of the Week posts I’ll be focusing on books that cover the basics: literacy, numeracy; words and numbers. Our first book is The Real Princess (A Mathemagical Tale) by Brenda Williams and illustrated by Sophie Fatus.

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A bit about the book: The Real Princess is a re-telling of The Princess and the Pea — in it, the prince is looking for a princess, but she must be a real princess, according to his mother. This means she must be sensitive enough to feel a pea under several mattresses — because a princess must be sensitive and empathetic to what her people need.

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