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Lovely photos of African animals but not great as a toddler alphabet book
on 18 March 2017
This book has some really nice pictures of African animals, but overall the book didn't quite work. It seemed not to quite fit any age-range. I read it to my nearly-4 year old, who was relatively interested but a bit confused.
The front cover is toddler-ish and the words are toddler-ish in quantity ("A is for aardvark and agama lizard). However the "A", "B" etc. letters are only in capitals whereas most toddlers learn lower case first. So when I said "A [pronounced 'ah' not 'ay'] is for......", her reply was "there's no 'ah' on this page". She recognises 'a' but not 'A'. Most alphabet books have both 'A' and 'a' showing on the page.
Also, for an alphabet book, there were quite a few pictures where the letter didn't match the sound (C for cheetah, E for eagle, G for giraffe, O for Owl). My daughter is learning letter phonics and can sound out first letters, and in reading it she didn't understand why so many were 'wrong'. "No mummy, it's J for giraffe."
The pictures are great, but they are photos rather than the front-cover-style drawings - I much prefer the photos, it's just that what you get inside the book is different from what you expect based on the cover.
Unlike several young children's Kindle books, it can be read on a book-style Kindle (as well as a tablet-style), which is great. Obviously the quality of the pictures isn't nearly as good on a Kindle-book, but perfectly readable.
Overall, lovely pictures but not a great alphabet book.