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PreS-Gr 1-An entertaining alphabet book with a twist. Twenty-six children are ready to take part in an activity but cannot because each one is missing a crucial item. However, the youngster on the next page has it. For example, "Alberto had an alligator, but he didn't have a bathing suit. Beno"t had a bathing suit, but he didn't have a clarinet." Guess what Cara has. The humorous acrylic-and-collage pictures are bold, and the bright, crisp colors show up well against white backgrounds. Alberto's alligator wears swim goggles and jumps off a diving board, while the poor boy standing on the raft is dressed only in a barrel. The capital form of the letter is featured in the upper left corner; there is also another letter hidden somewhere on the page, which makes this title a seek-and-find as well as a concept book. The ending unites the children and the item they each need plus a bonus: friends. For another alphabet book in which children are connected through the letters, see Anita Lobel's Alison's Zinnia (HarperCollins, 1990). A fun way to learn the alphabet.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Appropriate for early elementary students who enjoy funny stories and look-and-find books."--Book Notes (02/01/2007) "An original alphabet book that is filled with fun preschool humour. Ross's illustrations capture the whimsical fun nature of the book and will have youngsters laughing out loud."-- (03/01/2007) "It is cleverness writ and painted large, and it's delivered with an infectious exuberance and cadence that manifests itself not just in the playful text, but also in illustrator Ross's quirky, kinetic characters."--The Globe and Mail (09/09/2006) "Indeed one of the better alphabet books. Highly recommended."-- (09/15/2006)

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