This ABC book is like no other. Not only does it have fun phrases that rhyme and use the letter profiled in many different ways, but the illustrations are fantastic and clearly showcase the talents of not just the writer but of the illustrator Anita Miles as well.
When I first opened this book, I was struck by the fun way the author has taken the English language and turned it into an ABC book, like none other I have seen previously. No “A is for apple” for author, Mary Pansini La Haye. No, her “A is for antelope” and this antelope is “leaping in a cantaloupe field” The unique words that she chooses and the adventures she brings to life on one page are the sort of adventures into language that even the most fidgety of children will stop and pay attention to when read to. Older readers will find a satisfaction out of reading the somewhat hard words and will view with pure pleasure, the illustrations within.
I have young nieces who would adore this book and in fact, it is going to be hard to decide what I will do with it, after I finish. I am half tempted to keep it until I have grandchildren, for as a former teacher, I can attest to the boring books there are on the market designed to teach kids their ABC’s. This book is not only unique but it’s imaginative as well. A statement that I honestly cannot make with most of the ABC books on the market.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has young children, pre-school age and up. It is fun to read and funnier still to see the words turned into colorful pictures. I know that children of all ages will giggle when they see a camel swimming in a pool or an iguana eating an ice cream cone. Each page has it’s own charm and it is because of this charm that I feel this book will be a hit in your home and in the classroom as well.
Buy this book for the young reader in your life. You won’t be sorry and in fact, I’ll bet you have as much reading it as your young readers did. I know I enjoyed it immensely and I don’t even have any little ones in my home at this time. It’s a winner, hands down!