The Alphabet Book – Saturday Story Spotlight

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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A to Z – Saturday Story Spotlight

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.

A to Z by Sandra Boynton
Published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Generally on Saturday Story Spotlight I only talk about books that Daniel and (or) I love. Today, though, I’m going to talk about a book that really isn’t working for us at the moment, that I thought would be amazing.

Typically we love Sandra Boynton, but her alphabet book, A to Z, just does not work for my young toddler. Daniel loves letters (like really seriously loves them), and as such, he loves alphabet books. We read them incredibly frequently, because he’s in a phase where he wants to know words that start with each letter of the alphabet. A to Z starts out strong, with an aardvark admiring, an elephant eating, and some hippos hiding. Eventually, though, it gets to uglybirds being ugly and a xylo xylophoning. In between there is a vicuna violinning, salamanders singing, and iguanas itching.

Here’s the thing when we read alphabet books. Daniel want to say every letter and every THING before I can get to it. The salamanders and iguanas confuse him enough (he calls them all frogs), but the uglybirds and the xylo are invented animals. I love Boynton’s whimsy, but I think it goes a bit too far in this book; I’m all for quirky alphabet books, but complete inventions in an alphabet book that is clearly for young children – as evidenced by the board book format – seem overly confusing.

Not that A to Z is a bad book, per se. It is certainly fun to read, and might be appropriate for much younger children who are not trying to put phonemes to letters and words, and it might be appropriate for older children who have a firm enough grasp and are able to take things less literally, but it is not a good  book at the moment for my letter and language-obsessed child.

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Powells | Indiebound*

Source: Personal copy
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