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Alphabet Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman
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Jun 20, 12

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

This is not your typical alphabet book. Kaufman is a professional architectural photographer who has had his work displayed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and several New York City museums. His photographer's eye picks out letters in the most unusual places, including park benches, farm fields, and even the curl of a vine.

Each double-page spread features a different letter of the alphabet. Some are obvious, others require more scrutiny. And this is what makes this book so captivating. The youngest readers may not be able to determine the letter in each image, but slightly older readers will enjoy the challenge. In addition, readers will begin to see the world around them with a fresh perspective.

Some of the images are shot at such a close range that it's difficult to determine exactly what Kaufman has photographed. For those readers who enjoy this guessing game, Kaufman has provided an index/answer key on the final two pages of the book, identifying the object in every single one of his pictures.

An alphabet book? Yes. But also a puzzle that will entertain older readers long after the alphabet has been learned. This would make a wonderful addition to a home or classroom library.

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