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A IS FOR APPLE by Georgie Birkett


illustrated by Georgie Birkett

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58925-872-3
Publisher: Tiger Tales

There's a lot of interaction in these ABCs.

Each letter of the alphabet (both upper- and lowercase) receives its due in golden and dark type on blue backgrounds; the uppercase letters are die cut, allowing the yellow to peek through and creating a physical as well as visual shape. Arrows and numbers outline tracing steps for tactile emphasis, and compact flaps hold recognizable drawings of items with the appropriate initial letters. Lifting the flap reveals an additional item. “Pp is for pig / and pear // Qq is for Queen / and quilt.” The selections wholly occupy their defined spaces (the picture of the yacht resembles a toy sailboat more than an impressive vessel). The companion, Count with Me, compiles numerals 1 through 20 in a similar format, along with simple addition problems at the end. The format allows for significant developmental breadth; younger children may focus on manipulating the squares while an older audience emphasizes problem-solving and writing.

Varied applications from A to Z. (Board book. 2-6)