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By Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kids will love this spectacular illustrated book.

Book Graeme Base Alphabet 1986
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age 4+

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age 4+

Perfect for any child who can read

This book is wonderful way for children to practice their reading skills at a young age. The illustrations are beautiful and just looking through the book without reading anything is just as entertaining. (Even more!) I recommend this book for any child.

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This book succeeds on several levels. First, it is an alphabet book that will sustain interest and guarantee frequent return visits. Second, it celebrates the richness of the English language, introducing vivid, vigorous verbs amid abundant adjectives and adverbs and nimble, notable nouns. Third, it further encourages language development by peppering background landscapes with loads of objects, inviting children to stab their fingers at the page and triumphantly call out each object's name.

Sesame Street long ago changed the process by which previously prim alphabet primers were packaged, but nothing prepared parents and pedagogues for the phantasmagorical pictures in Graeme Base's ANIMALIA. Creatures bask, cavort, devour, frolic, juggle, monitor, navigate, preen, queue (the author is British), slither, vocalize, yodel, and zigzag.

Book Details

  • Author: Graeme Base
  • Illustrator: Graeme Base
  • Genre: Alphabet
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication date: January 1, 1986
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: August 31, 2015

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