A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids will be delighted by the characters' tree-climbing antics. Beginning readers and the read-to-me set will enjoy the vibrant art, the bouncy rhymes, the repetition, and the personification of letters.
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What's the story?
How many small letters can fit up the coconut tree? Too many! But the capital letters come to the rescue, and everyone is patched up before sundown. The familiar letters -- and the pages of this story -- come alive in this colorfully illustrated (but, perhaps too abstract) alphabet rhyme.
Is it any good?
This is a great story for children learning (or needing reinforcement in) their letters. The alphabet is listed in order twice during the course of the story. Although the illustrations are a bit abstract (some younger readers may not recognize the coconut tree until it's pointed out), they are boldly painted. The dazzling rainbow parade of colorful letters make them memorable, adding to the educational value of this rhyming tale. "Chicka chicka boom boom!" becomes a fun mantra for children, who shout it out as an "Uh-oh!" to warn the adventurous alphabet characters. The illustrations of the patched-up letters are whimsical and endearing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the alphabet. Sing the familiar alphabet song, and seek out other presentations of the entire alphabet.
What's fun about learning your letters? Do you have a favorite? What letter does your name begin with?
Which picture do you like best? Which is the funniest?