A is for Alice/ Who lives in this palace/ A princess of course, with long hair."" It's an unusual alphabet book designed to appeal especially to small girls. The rhyme is compellingly metered and it tells a story of the mildly amusing series of incidents that took place on the afternoon before Alice's birthday party. The alphabet is slipped over quite casually and builds to Z, a royal zoo, because Alice's guests bring her animals. The illustrations may at first glance seem cluttered, but look again, the alphabet is also slipped into the pictures and the youngest eyes are not likely to be slow in picking the shapes out.