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A is for Zebra: The First Alphabet Book About Last Letters

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Tons of alphabet books tell you how words begin. This one tells you how they end! Check out a zebra playing the harmonica or a lamb using a comb (a and b-get it?). With awesome animal illustrations, this is a book that you can read from back to front.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Beach Ball Books (first published April 28th 2006)
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Joella www.cinjoella.com
Apr 21, 2011 Joella www.cinjoella.com rated it really liked it
At first I didn't get this book. But then I realized that the letters stand for what comes at the end of a word. So zebra is for the letter "a" because it ends in "a." After that I really liked the book. How often do you look at the alphabet based on the ends of words?
Tamara
Dec 05, 2008 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a wonderful book especially if you happen to be gifted with a child that does not like to look at the world as proscribed.
Catherine
Fun book for helping children look at words and why they work or don't work.
Julie
Nov 28, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute picture book with a nice spin on the alphabet theme (last letters).
Tiffany Fox
The alphabetic antics continue - starting from the end! That's why A is for zebrA and Z is for jazZ, and nothing's what you'd expect. The featured letter doesn't appear just once - it's sprinkled throughout the hilarious illustrations. The I page not only has sushI, there's delI, spaghettI, graffitI, and khakI, too. And if you think working backwards makes it easier, well, just try to come up with words that end in Q or J! The results can be quite surprising!

A is for Zebra is a very fun, enterta
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Sandra C Argueta
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March 3, 2016
Concept Book Review
Shulman, Mark. A is for ZebrA illustrated by Petrosino, Tamara New York: Sterling Publishing Co.,Inc.,2006
Mark Shulman and Tamara Petrosino are taking a fresh approach to this delightful Alphabet Book. It features “last Letter creatures” to represent the given letter, i.e., “A is For ZebrA…” the consonant and vowel sounds at the end of words represent lots of unexpected special guests such as a manx and a lynx for the letter X ; and kiwi f
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Paula
Aug 10, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Shulman and Tamara Petrosino return with a fabulous follow-up to last season's "AA is for Aardvark." And it's got a clever new twist. The alphabetic antics continue--starting from the end! That's why "A" is for "zebrA "and "Z" is for "jazZ," and nothing's what you'd expect. The featured letter doesn't appear just once--it's sprinkled throughout the hilarious illustrations. The "I" page not only has "sushI," there's "delI," "spaghettI," "graffitI," and "khakI," too. And if you thinkworking b ...more
Constance Mccarty
From my career as a reading tutor a love for alphabet picture books has followed. The problem is that once my students learn their ABC's these books are no longer needed. This is why I love this book. I can bring this book for all stages of learning. Children can pick out the letters in the words. This is a good test of whether or not they understand the letters or if they assume it will be the first letter of a word. This book also helps with understanding letter changes of plural forms. For in ...more
Jackie
A very clever alphabet book that uses the LAST letter in a word as the clue to the word...A is for zebrA, P is for hiP-hoP, U is for gnU. You get the idea and slightly older, savvy kids will,too. All the words and the pictures on each page have the same 'happy ending' scheme. Illustrations are fun and wacky, too.

Use for 10/2009 ABCs Gone Wild storytime.
Read  Ribbet
Another clever alphabet book that focuses on last letters of words. Really a nice book for introducing the need to read through words. Cleverly presented with lots of embedded asides in illustrations.
Sydneia
Oct 03, 2013 Sydneia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A different twist on alphabet concept books. The focus is on the last letters of words instead of the first letters. That's why a is for zebra :) This book would be great for ages 6-8. Children might also appreciate the graphic reading included on some of the pages.
Stephanie Sapp
Jul 01, 2014 Stephanie Sapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unexpected find at the library. It was fun to read with 5 yr old learning letters and 8 yr old that could distinguish the pattern used in this unusual, but worthwhile alphabet book. T is for Intelligent Alphabet Insight!
Kristine
A alphabet book in which words qualify by their last letter.
Would be a fun book to recreate after a unit of study.
Greta
May 12, 2008 Greta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The author took a backwards approach to the alphabet. It was a fun idea, but the book was a let down. The illustrations weren't all that great either.
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Shulman, Mark K-1st
Luann Schindler
Jul 16, 2011 Luann Schindler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For young children learning the intricacies of language, this book reinforces the importance of the last letter or ending of words. Great illustrations, too.
Sue Maloney
Jul 19, 2012 Sue Maloney rated it really liked it
Love the challenge of figuring out all of the animals whose names end with the letters of the alphabet. I didn't get them all! What are those critters?!
Nancy J.
Aug 02, 2010 Nancy J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Good book for the advanced alphabet-ers in the older class because it uses the final letter in the word displayed with the ABC sequence.
Sara Lemonade
An alphabet book that goes A-Z based on the last letter in each word. This book enjoyed itself more than I enjoyed it.
Halli
May 08, 2013 Halli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute concept. R is for clever!
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