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ALLIGATOR ALPHABET by Stella Blackstone


by Stella Blackstone & illustrated by Stephanie Bauer

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-84148-494-6
Publisher: Barefoot

Alphabet books are a dime a dozen, and this one might not be worth your dime. Bauer’s acrylic paintings are bright, almost finger-painted close-ups of happy, open-faced animals. Some share their letters with other animals, some with veggies beginning with the same letter. Still others, like the llamas and the lions, perform actions to suit their letters, like “licking.” Pretty pictures cannot save this alpha-bestiary, though; Blackstone’s text is the fly in the ointment. The meter is off-kilter in places, and the rhymes are at times not even approximate. No matter your accent or speech difficulty, “wolf” does not rhyme with “move.” “U” is for umbrella bird and “X” for xoona moth if you’re curious. Save your alphabet pennies for another day. (Picture book. 2-6)