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Matthew A.B.C.

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Who is missing from Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class?
Will he fit in as well as the other 25?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (first published May 2002)
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Matthew A.B.C. is a wonderful alphabet book by Peter Catalanotto that gives children a clever and catchy way to learn and remember their alphabet. In this book, Mrs. Tuttle has 25 children in her kindergarten class that are all named Matthew and the principal wonders how she tells them all apart. Each Matthew's last name starts with a different letter of the alphabet and each Matthew has a trait the corresponds with the first letter of his last name. Matthew A. for example, is extremely affecti ...more
Matthew A.B.C by Peter Catalanotto is an ABC book. It is appropriate for pre-k through first grade students. The book is an ABC book, but it includes lots of rich tier-2 words such as perpetually perplexed, incognito, and affectionate. The words used to represent each letter of the alphabet are more complex than A for apple.

Each illustration does a great job of illustrating the text on the page. The characters in the book represent a variety of backgrounds and cultural groups. There are no nega
Aymee Knight
This book did a great job of showing the reader the different letters of the alphabet while also using words that started with the letter being discussed. I think that using a word that starts with that specific letter is a good way to teach children a word for each letter of the alphabet. The illustrations went along well with the letter of the alphabet being discussed. I love that in the pictures each Matthew displayed a different noun or adjective that matched what Mrs. Tuttle had to say abou ...more
Grade Level-2nd-3rd
Genre-Alphabet Book

Mrs. Tuttle has 25 children in her kindergarten class that are all named Matthew. The principal wants to know how she tells them apart, so she describes that Matthew A. is extremely affectionate, Matthew B. loves Band-Aids, etc. At the end of the book, the principal brings in a new student, Matthew Z. who likes zippers! I thought this alphabet book would be for older students because it had words that I thought younger students would not know. The pictures
I found this book to be hilarious. It is about a classroom full of boys named Matthew and the teacher remembers who is who based on their individual characteristics that corresponds to their last initial. For example, Matthew K. is "unusually fond of ketchup" and Matthew T. who is "fiercely tense". Not only is it effective in teaching children the alphabet, it keeps children's attention. I know personally, I couldn't wait to turn the page and see what ridiculous characteristic the next Matthew w ...more
1. Rating: 5
2. A book review from Publisher's Weekly says, "What's a teacher to do when all of the students in her class have the same first name? In this offbeat alphabet book, Mrs. Tuttle has found what she believes is an easy solution. Mrs. T. distinguishes the 25 Matthews in her kindergarten by associating the first letter of each boy's last name with one of his attributes. For example, "Matthew A. is affectionate" and "Matthew G. has trouble with glue." By the penultimate page, readers have
Brittney Griffith
This book is very creative. After finding out that the Ms. Tuttle has 25 students all named Matthew, I literally laughed. I was very excited to read this book. Each Matthew has a different last initial of the alphabet A-Y. The letters did sometimes feel a little pushed to make the point. For instance for Matthew K. he is "unusually fond of ketchup" and Matthew E. "forgets how to eat". Maybe it was the face that the words the the featured letter were no more emphasized than any other words on the ...more
RachelH. Hughes
Matthew A.B.C. is about a teacher who has 25 students all named Matthew. The principal wonders how the teacher can tell them apart, but she says it is easy. She relates their last initial to something they like or do. For example, Matthew A. is extremely affectionate and Matthew G. has trouble with glue. The pictures enhance the book wonderfully by showing each Matthew and what he is doing. They are very colorful and humorous to young children. I think children would really enjoy figuring out wh ...more
Leta Huffman
This was simply a alphabet book but it was hilarious and very creative. All of the kids in this teacher's class have the name matthew. Each Matthew has a different letter of the alphabet for their last name, and she remembers each student's last name initial by their personality. Many of them cracked me up. For example, my favorites were:

-"Matthew E. forgets how to eat." -So she remembered Matthew E-eat- It has a picture of him putting the spoon to his forehead. :)
- "Matthew L. leaks."- With a p
Amy Musser
Mrs. Tuttle is a teacher with 25 children in her class all named Matthew. How does she tell them apart? Matthew A. is extremely affectionate and Matthew B. simply adores bandaids and…so on through to Matthew Y. who only yodels. And what happens at the end of the book? Mrs. Tuttle gets another student in her class, can you guess his name?

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Amanda Funnell
A new way to introduce the alphabet by connecting it with students' characteristics.
This alphabet book is very unusual and interesting. A teacher has an entire classroom full of Matthews! Luckily, they all have last names that begin with different letters of the alphabet, and they each have characteristics that go along with those letters, so it is easy for the teacher to tell them apart. This book is full of new vocabulary and onomatopoeia. Great for kids learning about their alphabet!
Sandra Vicars
How unusual! Mrs. Tuttle has a class of 25 students whose first names are all Matthew! Each has a unique attribute, one for each letter of the alphabet. But aren’t there 26 letters? A new student arrives! This is a great story to talk about differences. The story contains quite a few vocabulary words, such as cowlicks and incognito. The pictures are colorful and detailed.
Mckalyn Richer
I enjoyed this story. Each child is unique. Get to know your students!!!
Joy Myers
This book is a great way to go through the alphabet and hear the different sounds that each letter makes. It is also great to point out that all students are different and even if they have the same name, there is something about them that makes them special.
This is an absolutely hilarious book that also happens to teach kids ABCs. Its a favorite in our house and has been read many, many times. Matthew F, with the cat on his face is our absolute favorite:)
I liked the goofy humor of this story and as a teacher I really liked the idea of 25 kids with the same name. While 25 would be unimaginable, I've seen classes with 3 or 4 and it's tough.
Shallowreader VaVeros
The best alphabet book I've read. A teacher has a classroom where every kid is called Matthew. They are differentiated by their surname. Funny illustrations and great words.
Madelyn Page
An interestingly great book on giving kids a good name and character trait. Not only is it effective in teaching children the alphabet, it keeps children's attention! GREAT BOOK!
an ABC book about a class full of Matthews. The teacher uses clever adjectives to keep track of all her students, uses alliteration.
Michael D.
Great book for the first day of school in a Pre-k or Kindegarten classroom which focuses upon acceptance of others- social development.
Melissa Wine
PB25: Fun spin on an ABC book; they are all named Matthew! Themes of individuality, fitting in, and relationships.
Anna Wick
I liked this book because it goes through the alphabet in an interesting way and is still fun to read.
Lindsey Lubker
This is a cute book for beginning readers. It is all about the abc's. It has awesome pictures.
Heather Ligman
cute abc type book. pretty pictures. enjoyed the book but it is directed toward younger children.
Awww, if you know plenty of Matts, then this is a story for you!
Jaleen Kinser
Fantastic vocabulary throughout this seemingly simple book!
Courtney Mekkes
hilarious and goes through ABC's
Great for kindergarten!
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