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From A to Z with Energy!: 26 Ways to Move and Play

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An award-winning alphabet book that encourages playful movement and learning.

“Skate along the Ice for I! For J we Jam and Jive. K’s for Kicking as you swim and float and splash and dive.”
 
Watch the alphabet come to life as children run and twirl and jump and play and learn their way through the ABCs! Combining movement and learning, this imaginative alphabet book teaches y
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Free Spirit Publishing
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Rachel
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
With its diverse cast, rhythmic rhyming text, and bright illustrations, I think it would make a great addition to any classroom.

This book teaches the alphabet and healthy habits at the same time. It takes the reader through the day and highlighting various fun and healthy activities they can engage in, including skating, dancing, swimming, and other sports, as well as eating healthy foods and getting a good night's sleep. The illustrations are vibrant, colorful, and active, and I love that they
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June Jacobs
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish I this book had existed when I was teaching Kindergarten and first grade!

This book is colorful, stimulating, and engaging with its rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. In addition, it effectively conveys the importance of staying active by giving children a variety of physical activities to keep them moving. Dancing, baseball, soccer, exercising, skating, swimming, hiking--the list goes on and on. I liked the mention of eating a healthy lunch to stress the importance of nutrition and how it giv
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Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
“Skate along the Ice for I! For J we Jam and Jive. K’s for Kicking as you swim, and float and splash and dive.” Exercise activities and movement are paired with rhyming text in this ABC book filled with diverse skin color and physical abilities. Bright, bold colors and Pixar-esque illustrations will make this incredibly appealing for a class read-aloud. Free Spirit Publishing wins again!

Supplemental material includes physical benefits of moving, social emotional benefits of movement, and 10 move
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Pippa Chorley
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From A to Z with Energy is such a lovely book for younger readers. I would definitely use this in a class room setting for pre-schoolers. I love the fact it joins two important skills for young children to master, gross motor skills and phonics! Connie Dow does a brilliant job of making the alphabet jump and jive and come alive. I definitely think things are easier to learn with movement and would recommend this in any preschool and infant library as a way to help children learn their alphabet. ...more
Kelsey
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Age: Preschool-Kindergarten
Sports: Variety

Exercise activities and movement are paired with rhyming text in this ABC book filled with diverse skin color (and a couple children in wheelchairs). Bright, bold colors and Pixar-esque illustrations will make this incredibly appealing for a class read-aloud. Free Spirit Publishing wins again!

Supplemental material includes physical benefits of moving, social emotional benefits of movement, and 10 movements activities.
Rinda Beach
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this book out loud, and you’ll have “Time to play and have some fun; trying new things one by one.” Don’t stop when you get to Z! There’s back matter for you and your child that includes the physical and emotional benefits of movement plus 5 supporting activities and 5 supplemental ones. Try them all, and you’ll have gone FROM A TO Z WITH ENERGY! And most importantly, you and your child will have had fun together.
Tina Shepardson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Connie Bergstein Dow has created such a treat for readers of every age with this whimsical, lyrical, alphabet dance. Not only are readers going to feel energized and want get moving, but so will their friends, families, and teachers. Exercise and movement is so vital and critical to our emotion, social and physical well-being. There is no better way than to be energized together. This beautifully written and illustrated book will do just that!
Mara
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get to see an ARC of this book and read it to my daughter. Even though we’ve mostly moved on from alphabet books at age 6, this one caught her energetic attention! She loves moving and be active, so it really connected to her! The illustrations are colorful and charming, and children will find both mirrors and windows in the diverse characters. Also lots of great ideas for parents and teachers in the back. Highly recommended!
Kat Harrison
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While it's true that Dow's A TO Z is fun to read--the pages are well-timed with rhyme and burst with color, what really brings the book full circle are the movement-inspired pages in the back matter that teach kids (and adults) the importance of engaging your body, employing creativity when you do so, and the social-emotional benefits of moving and grooving. A great read to start or end an active day. ...more
Susan
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Connie Bergstein Dow’s alphabet book accomplishes so much in a single text! While children learn the alphabet, they also explore how to incorporate healthy practices into their lives. And with Dow’s imaginative rhymes, they also experience the joys of language. “F is for the Fun you’ll have while moving every day,” . . . and while reading A to Z with Energy out loud! I look forward to sharing it with my preschool class.
Lisa Kalma
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun and lively book encouraging children to get up and move! I loved the colourful and energetic illustrations and the way the book intertwines learning the alphabet with teaching children about the benefits of movement and exercise.
This book is must have for parents and the classroom. The kids will love it and enjoy reading along and following the actions as they go!
Juliana Lee
Perfect addition to your collection of ABC books! This one does more than entertain, it gets little ones up and moving. The bright text and illustrations perfectly compliment the happy bouncy rhymes. No one can be grumpy reading this book. It's sure to be requested for re-readings, giggles, and wiggles! ...more
Curatorium .
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, kindle, arc
A grand little read. The illustrations are vivid and active. The message this book conveys is important and timely. The rhyming is quite forced at times. However, the inclusiveness, diversity and overall positive message of this book are worthwhile and fun. There is a section at the end for caregivers with important tips and activities.
Annette Schottenfeld
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Children will see themselves in this lovely book by Connie Bergstein Dow, who provides plenty of motivation for finding one’s energy. Fun illustrations by Gareth Llewhellin will have readers spotting new things each time they return to read it.
Jarm Boccio
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lively story in verse that gets kids moving. Connie Dow has left nothing out. . . Kids will love to act out the movements on the pages. The book leaves room for many activities to be used in the classroom.
Malayna Evans
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This fun picture book by Connie Bergstein Dow will encourage little ones to play and dance their way through the alphabet. The diverse cast is beautifully illustrated by Gareth Llewhellin. Included in the back of the book is a guide for using movement to expand the book's learning opportunities. ...more
June Smalls
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written in a fun and bouncy rhyme you work your way through the day and through the alphabet with different activities for every letter. Kids will want to get up and move along with each spin, skip, twirl and hop. Every child can see themselves in this book. A must have.
Julie
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the inclusivity in this book! Fun rhymes and a great section in the back with more ideas for creative movement!
Hailey Smith
Sep 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is meant to teach children the alphabet while simultaneously teaching the importance of movement and physical activity. It goes from each letter with something to do with an active day. It ends with the children going to sleep from their long, energetic day. “R is for a race. Get set… just watch those wheelchairs go!” This showed inclusion of students with disabilities can still get active and have fun and I think it was a great idea to do. The back pages of the book have information f ...more
SABRINA LEMMON
Oct 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read this book for a story time to some wonderful children at my public library job. It was a great tool to use for teaching the alphabet, but also teaching about movement and exercise. I had the kids raise there hands if they had participated in the specific activity listed. It was a great read-a-loud.
Erin *BookDragon_Library*
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute illustrations and a good alphabet book about activities. I love the different color fonts and different styles of funds on each page. There is also information in the back about moving and social emotional benefits and physical benefits of moving.
Aarvik
Aug 02, 2021 rated it liked it
A fun book about activities and moving!
Deidra Chamberlain
I think we came to this one at the wrong time to appreciate it, maybe try it again later.
Jennifer Buchet
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun --and active--way to introduce the letters to kids! I think every classroom of littles should have this in their book rack!
Andréa
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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