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Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
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Apr 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: alphabet, picture-books, lis-565, wordless

This is a unique and artistic alphabet book, especially good for children from preschool through early elementary, who will have fun picking out the shapes of familiar letters in everyday objects—some of which are less obvious than others. From the side of a sawhorse that resembles the letter A to the fire-escape that looks like a Z, each page shows the photorealistic painting of the letter in its urban setting with no text to distract the reader. Well deserving of its Caldecott Honor, this book can encourage children to look at everyday objects in a new way while reinforcing their letter knowledge.

CIP: “Paintings of objects in an urban setting present the letters of the alphabet.”

Hornbook gives Alphabet City a favorable review, calling its “handsome, realistic paintings…a tantalizing exercise in visual perception.” SLJ also reviews it favorably, and notes that it manages to be both a traditional alphabet book and an art book.
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message 1: by Emily (new)

Emily Wow! Those are paintings? I thought they must be photographs, at least from the thumbnail. Seems like a fun read! And such a well written review.

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