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ABC Books and the Alphabet



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T is for Teachers: A School Alphabet By Steven L. Layne, Deborah Dover Layne, Doris Ettlinger (2005)
This school year promises "no more teachers' dirty looks." They'll be too busy smiling and reading from the pages of T is for Teachers. From the first verse, teachers and their kids will have great fun learning from the behind-the-scenes look at one of the most important buildings any of us enter. Quick rhymes engage the reader while fact-filled text expound of each letter's topic.


by June Sobel (2006)
The captain of this brave and bumbling pirate crew has ordered them to capture the entire alphabet -- and they'll walk the plank if they're missing a single letter. Now these swashbuckling mateys are embarking on an alphabet adventure unlike any other, and they won't (ahem, can't) rest until they've found an A, a Z, and everything in between. June Sobel's hilarious text and Henry Cole's adventurous animal pirates harmonize in an irresistible book for alphabet-learning, pirate-loving kids everywhere.


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by Sandra Boynton (1987)
"Because you can't stand another apple, ball, or cup," Sandra Boynton presents an alphabet book of animals and adjectives. An Angry Animal Assortment Along an Arrow starts off the whimsy as a Big Bashful Bear, a Cute Clean Cat, a Tangled Turkey, a Wide Walrus, a Yellow Yak, and others in between romp through the letters A-Z. In classic Boyton style, the irresistible animal characters climb the tall letters, perch on the squat ones, hang from the curves of the round ones.


by Bob McLeod (2006)
Silly and zany, and armed with the most unusual skills, these heroes are out to save the world-one letter at a time! Bubble-Man blows big bubbles at bullies, and laughing lass laughs at lawbreakers! Together, these one-of-a-kind defenders represent the ABC's in a way never seen before. Renowned comic-book illustrator Bob McLeod has created a full cast of humorous and delightful characters, sure to please anyone in need of a hero to save the day.



by The (NY) Metropolitan Museum of Art (2002)
Museum ABC is a unique and colorful picture book that uses the alphabet to introduce children to more than a hundred works of art. A full spread is devoted to each letter of the alphabet with four pictures of the object represented. This simple presentation scheme allows readers to see how objects can be both the same and different in the eyes of various artists, cultures, and time periods. A fact section at the end of the book provides more details about each piece of art and its creator.



by Devin Scillian, Devin Scillian, Pam Carroll (2001)
From the British and our Constitution that replaced their rule, to Yellowstone and Zane Grey's stories of the west, A is for America is a sweeping tribute to all we know and love about our country. With delightful poems that beg to be read aloud, and expository text to broaden a reader's horizons, this American alphabet will make you fall in love with the United States over and over again.



by Bobbie Kalman, Niki Walker
Let's meet people who make our communities cleaner, safer, more pleasant places to live. This alphabet book includes such helpers as agricultural workers, firefighters, recycling workers, and veterinarians. Part of the Alphabasics series.




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