Friday, September 5, 2008

ABCs: The Alphabet Game

Trina Schart Hyman is one of my favorite illustrators. Her work is so full of color, joy, and detail. You can feel her great respect for children in the sophisticated art she created.

This book was was originally titled The Little Alphabet, published by Little, Brown and Co. in 1980. SeaStar Books published it as The Alphabet Game in 2000. Both titles are appropriate for this book of ABCs. It is indeed a little alphabet, as the illustrations are only 2 inches square, but it's also a game, because each illustration is surrounded by a list of things to look for in the picture. How many can you find? I adore the C illustration. I just love that cape!

The letter X is any ABC book's Achilles Heel. This is a sweet solution to the X dilemma:

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