Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s
Extent: 32 pages
Here is a fabulous alphabet book from illustrator/author Daron Parton. Children will possibly be unfamiliar with some of the animals – and that’s all part of the fun!
As an Infants (Lower School) teacher, alphabet books played a huge part in our teaching program and this one really hits the mark because as each page’s ‘letter’ rolls by – the text may use two different sounds of that letter, exposing children to the variation in the alphabetic symbols and broadening their experience past the mere phonic knowledge that other ABC books might offer.
Little people just LOVE ABC books in my experience and this one, with it’s extended vocabulary, the singularly striking illustrations placed against white space for super impact will really resonate with littlies from 3 years and up.
Parton’s illustrative style is almost Picasso with animals appearing rather quirky in appearance – which I have no doubt will appeal immensely to children who are fond of looking at objects in a different light.
This is a deceptively simple book – which will give rise to much rich discussion with Early Childhood or Prep classes. I foresee much artwork being inspired by it.
If you think you already have enough alphabet books in your collection – think again – this is definitely worth having on your shelf!
Teacher notes here.