The City part of the ABC is on one side; turn the book upside down and backwards and you have the Country ABC. It's a case where the rigid, alphabetical formula causes the text to be not really representative of the subject--either subject--it portrays. There is the usual fudging over XYZ and some of the other hard letters and sometimes adjectives are relied on in place of clearly definable objects. The illustrations, although colorful, are very crowded and many are too sketchy for easy identification. In many cases the words mentioned in the text have been drawn as inconsequential additions to the landscape or even omitted. Our review copy, a trade edition, was very poorly stitched and bound and could hardly stand up to the requirements of a young child, especially with the twisting and turning which is implicit in this book.