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Dr. Seuss’s ABC: Blue Back Book (Dr. Seuss - Blue Back Book): 1 Paperback – 6 May 2003
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“[Dr. Seuss] has…instilled a lifelong love of books, learning and reading [in children]” – The Telegraph
“Dr. Seuss ignites a child’s imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses” – The Express
“The magic of Dr. Seuss, with his hilarious rhymes, belongs on the family bookshelf” – Sunday Times Magazine
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Illus. in color. "An alphabet book with zany drawings and nonsensical verse provides an entertaining way for small children to learn the letters and their sounds."--"Booklist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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A is for Apple, but it is also for Ape, Art and Aunt Annie’s Alligator. Put all these things together into a blender and you get a sense of what ‘‘Dr. Seuss's ABC’’ is; a book that has the educational elements of a traditional ABC book, but also the daft humour of the author. All the way from A through to Z, you get a series of funny scenarios that have a bunch of seemingly random items together. Don’t have enough things that start with Z? No problem, this is Dr. Seuss, so just make something up.
‘‘Dr. Seuss's ABC’’ is a hard book to consider as it is great fun, but also a little maddening. The ABC book is something that toddlers will use early on as a foundation to build later reading on. If they can learn their alphabet, they can develop their words. Most ABCs are super simple with easy to understand and recognise objects representing the letter. This is not that book. Seuss plucked ideas from his books and imagination and threw them onto the page. This means that this ABC outing is more varied and fun than most, but it also a little difficult to follow?
This particular alphabet book is not aimed at the traditional toddler group, but the slightly older reluctant reader who never found reading that much fun. The scattergun approach to the activities and items chosen makes the book engaging and fun. If a picture of a Ball bores you, a bunch of bubbles, barbers and babies may be more exciting. Seuss’ patented illustrations and colour scheme also helps.
After reading through the book several times it seems that this may be an amalgamation. The images on the page are great fun, but they often seem disjointed and not linking, as if various illustrations from elsewhere have been copied and pasted onto the page. Was Seuss directly involved in this book, or has it been developed later? Seuss purists will find it lacks the fun narrative that made his best books so great, but they are not the target audience. Instead it is that slightly older reader who has yet to really bother getting to grips with their alphabet that will appreciate this the most. Yes, they are being taught, but in a manner that is daft enough that they may not even realise it.
She insists that we read it before we go to bed each night.
The way Dr Seuss writes is is highly amusing & that makes it easy for children to learn from them.
I think it was only after 2 or 3 readings that she had learnt her alphabet!
What makes it fun for her is the way that instead of writing 'T is for Tree' Dr Seuss writes 'Big T little T what begins with T? Ten tired turtles on a Tuttle Tuttle Tree!'
Buy it your children will love you for making learning fun.
What begins with A?
Aunt Annie's alligator
A.. a.. A)
So you can read it almost like a song which I think will appeal to kids. And simultaneously with the entertaining rhythm, it's also teaching the ABCs alongside quirky yet sweet Seuss style drawings, AND it teaches words beginning with each letter. A wonderful book!
Of course sooner or later Dr. Seuss was going to put out his own alphabetbook for beginning readers and in 1963 this book was published. It is, asyou would expect, more than a look at the twenty-six letters of thealphabet. Other books will tell you that "A is for Apple" and "Z is forZebra," but not Dr. Seuss because this book stars with "Aunt Annie'salligator" and ends with a "Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz." Young readers will alsoenjoy the mix of rhyme and absurdity so much that they might not noticeDr. Seuss is also showing them the difference between the big and littleversions of each letter.
As I was reading over "Dr. Seuss's ABC," a book that most definitely wantsto be read aloud to be fully enjoyed, I was wondering if I should tempermy enthusiasm by saying that this is not an ideal choice for a beginningreader's first alphabet book. After all, something simpler, in thetraditional "A is for Apple" mode might be more appropriate. But I thinkthere is something to be said for even beginning readers being confrontedwith the level of sophistication found in this book. After all, itpromotes fun as much as reading and young children might never notice thedegree to which they are being challenged.
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