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Did you ever try to use an egg in place of a football? Or dress up a live quail in doll's clothes when you didn't have a doll? Or strap rag-dolls onto your feet in place of slippers? In Alphabetter, twenty-six boys and girls find themselves in twenty-six different predicaments when the alphabet refuses to cooperate with them. In the end, the solution turns out to be right ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Every child in this book (who conveniently appear in alphabetical order) is in need of something and is using something else in that thing's place. Example: "Talia had a toy train, but she didn't have an umbrella." and poor Talia is standing in the rain trying to shield herself with the toy train. Umar has an umbrella, but what she really needs is a vase for her flowers. The umbrella isn't working. There is a solution to their problems, though, as they all eventually discover.

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Amanda Denter
This story was fun and easy to read. The page with all the letters on it is a little hard to follow.

Alphabetter is a really cute alphabet book where every child needs something that they don’t have. In the book the next child has what they need. An example, “Edward had an egg, but he didn’t have a football”. Then on the next page, “Frieda had a football, but she didn’t have a goldfish”. The book goes on like this through the alphabet until the end and then on the last page they all trade their o
I started reading this to my older son around age 2, and when the "why?" stage peaked it was 26 pages of why? For this book the only answer to that other than "because that's how the book goes" is "Joo Pyo had a jewel but he didn't have a kite, and Kalil had a kite but he didn't have a letter because the whole premise of the book is that each kid has something starting with the same letter of the alphabet but they each want something starting with the next letter of the alphabet." And then "beca ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Twenty-six boys and girls, from Alberto to Zara, have a problem. They each have something someone else wants, and they each need something they don't have. That darn alphabet just isn't cooperating!

Dinah has a doggy bone, but what she really needs is an egg. Louise has a letter, but she really wants a marshmallow. And poor Vladimir has a vase, but he really, really needs a water ski!

Each of them can get what they want, but only if they cooperate and sw
Twenty-six funky kids, misplaced objects and hidden letters transform the familiar ABC drill into an entertaining, interactive story.

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This was a cute book. It works well if the children have time and space to really look at the illustrations because those are what make the book worth reading
Todd Freer
Concept book (ABCs) -- talks about characters for each letter who wind up working with each other just like alphabet letters.
Shonna Froebel
Great book with great illustrations. Kids from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. About sharing and making friends.
An alphabet book with a plot, and it's a really cute one.
Niki (Daydream Reader)
A fun alphabet book with a twist!
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Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author, educator and storyteller. His writing includes both chapter books, picture books, and recently, a graphic novel.

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