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.
The Alphabet Book by P. D. Eastman
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House
Thanks to Daniel’s letter obsession, we’re always looking for good alphabet books, and The Alphabet Book by P. D. Eastman is a a classic. Unlike A to Z, The Alphabet Book tends to stick to more conventional (and real) words, providing enrichment by having at least two words beginning with each letter (a bird on a bike, a cow in a car, an octopus with oars). Because it was written in the 1970s, there are some entries that are a bit dated, but I’m just going to consider them cultural history, because chances are decent that the turtle with typewriter is the among the only exposure Daniel will even ever have to typewriters.
This book is perfect for Daniel because each entry has at least one thing that he can correctly identify with the name beginning with the relevant letter, but it pushes him to expand his sentences and add the extra word as well.
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