Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Two Beautiful ABC Books to Share With Your Child

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We have a huge collection of ABC books at our house and I feel like we have read nearly every alphabet book available at our local library.  However, there are two that really stand out because they are just simply beautiful.

Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman

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I discovered Creature ABC at our library while I was pregnant with K, but I finally purchased a copy this past Christmas.  It has been a favorite for a long time.  

It is simple with white pages (except for letter N), large bold letters, both uppercase and lowercase.  Each letter is displayed on its own page with corresponding photos of animals related to that letter.  I have never seen photographs like the ones in this book.  And I have never seen a rooster look so beautiful or a porcupine look so angry.  They are absolutely gorgeous.

There are also a few pages at the back of the book that provide some interesting facts about the animals in the book.  Yay for learning about animals too!

You can also see some of the inside of the book on Amazon.

All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep by Crescent Dragonwagon, illustrated by David McPhail

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I just discovered the book All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep last week and we instantly fell in love with it.  J has asked to read it before bed nearly every single night since we borrowed it from the library.

The watercolor illustrations by David McPhail are detailed and gorgeous, featuring different animals as they get ready to fall asleep.  Each letter is beautifully drawn in a fancy script that J couldn't resist tracing with his fingers.  Additionally, the author wrote a charming story filled with alliterative prose for each letter of the alphabet.  It's simply wonderful to look at and I love the alliteration. 

It's definitely one to add to our collection.

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  1. Thanks for the book recommendations.
    We are loving Pete the Cat right now!

    1. I don't think we've read Pete the Cat before. I will have to check that one out!