Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.
Elmo’s ABC Book by Deborah November, illustrated by Carol Nicklaus
Published by Random House Children’s Books, an imprint of Random House
Over the last few months, our house has rang continually with requests (demands!) for Elmo and Cookie (Monster). We aren’t home when Sesame Street is on, but we do have a few of the dvds. Educational as those dvds may be, however, we generally prefer that Daniel not spend his entire day watching them. Luckily, he also loves books, so I have made an effort to find him some Sesame Street books, so that he can see his ‘friends’ without sitting and staring slack jawed at the TV for 45 minutes.
In general, I am sort of anti-books based on electronic media. The Disney books based on the movies I find particularly insipid – although they do have a place in enticing some of the more reluctant readers. However, as it stands now, Daniel adores books, so I haven’t felt the need to lure him to books with characters he knows from other contexts. Until, of course, I decided to fight to keep him from forming the TV habit. Of course I have always adored The Monster at the End of This Book, but I hadn’t given much thought to other Sesame Street books until Sesame Street became Daniel’s Favorite. Thing. Ever.
One of the ones we like best right now is Elmo’s ABC Book, partly because Daniel’s other current obsession is letters (he points them out whenever he sees them anywhere, and can identify about half of them by name at 19 months old. Yes, we are raising a giant nerd, and we are proud of it). It is perhaps not the most inspired alphabet book in the history of alphabet books, but it is a great one for young children who may not have the patience to sit through some of the longer, more complex alphabet books. Early on Elmo devotes one page to each letter, trying to decide which is his favorite. As the book continues, he gets somewhat less verbose about each letter, but it does lend itself to reading with an increasingly frantic voice as Elmo begins to lose hope of really being able to decide which letter is his favorite. Some of the pages do have some very good alliteration, though, and nearly every letter has a description of something that starts with and might inspire love for said letter.
This is perhaps not my favorite book, but it is a solid alphabet book offering, particularly for something based off of television characters. Besides, it most certainly is Daniel’s favorite book right now. Elmo + Alphabet = Love.
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