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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company; Reprint edition (25 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805081127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805081121
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 0.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alphabet Under Construction In this artist's approach to introducing the alphabet, Mouse is hard at work constructing each letter. He airbrushes the A, buttons the B, carves the C, and works his way right through to Z. Full color. Full description

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Creative, Inventive, and Lots of Fun..... 5 Sept. 2002
By Roz Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dear little mouse has a big job to do, building the entire alphabet with art supplies and construction tools, and he gets right to work Airbrushing the A, Buttoning the B, and Carving the C. And as he moves quickly, letter by letter, Folding the F, Measuring the M, Pruning the P, Vacuuming the V, or Zipping the Z, little ones will revel in all the creative fun. Author, Denise Fleming's text is kept to a bare minimum, just the letter and construction verb. It's her big, bold, and vibrant artwork, dazzling with entertaining details and engaging humor, that makes this book stand out. Perfect for preschoolers, Alphabet Under Construction is not just another "learn your letters" picture book, but an imaginative and inventive, joyous romp that shouldn't be missed.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fleming does another great one 4 Sept. 2002
By D. Lowery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fleming's art is fantastic--her abstract art works really well here in this context. A wonderful romp through the alphabet with the mouse from Lunch--witty variations on what to do with each letter as the mouse tries to build the alphabet in order (action verbs introduce each letter: the mouse kinks the "k" and vacuums the "v"). The book also comes with a poster--a nice addition for those who like Fleming's work. Highly recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
There Are Better Alphabet Books Out There 16 Oct. 2009
By C. A. Frederick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although normally a Fleming fan, I was extremely disappointed in Alphabet Under Construction. For babies and toddlers just beginning to learn the alphabet, Fleming's illustrations make it difficult to discern letter shape. Particularly problematic is the letter "W", in which Mouse welds a bar of steel between W's two interior angled lines. Unfortunately, this means that the inside of the W appears to be an "A". My two year old misidentifies the "W" as an A every time, and technically, he's correct. Ultimately, the illustrated letters are too abstract for children learning their alphabet. Unlike another commenter, I believe that this book is more appropriate for children who have already mastered the basics of the alphabet and are simply building on that knowledge: namely, preschoolers.

For babies and toddlers, there are better introductory alphabet books out there.
A Good Book for Babies and Toddlers but not necessarily Preschoolers 14 Dec. 2005
By sad-Pam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Amazon recommends this book for the' Baby to Preschool' age range, but unless your child doesn't know their alphabet, I would say it is too simplistic for a preschooler.

That said, it is a innovative, sturdy book that should delight toddlers and older babies. It shows a mouse hard at work, constructing and improving the letters of the alphabet. He `airbrushes' the A, for example, and `hangs' the H, `yanks' the Y and so on.

The use of a verb that correspond with the letter in question, gives parents/caregivers the chance to point out (i.e. teach) the connection between the letter and it's sound. For example: The mouse *judges* the J.

*Judge* has the `juh', j-sound.

In addition, this book offers toddlers the chance to learn about the structure of reading. How text flows from page to page, and left to right. And they will also have a chance to pretend to read by remembering and reciting bits and pieces of the book because the text is not too long.

Four Stars. The artwork is cute and the text is large enough that you won't need glasses (lol). Babies should enjoy the mouse, and Toddlers should enjoy the silliness. Both groups can learn and reinforce their understanding of letters, words, and reading. Parents can emphasize, letter sounds, word construction and memory work.
Such a fun book for kids 12 Jan. 2014
By Yvette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The author does an amazing and fun job showing the alphabet to children. I was disappointed that the cover was bent, that wasn't in the description of the item. Her illustration is unique and amazing. My preschool students absolutely love this book and it's one of their favorite.
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