Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ABC Books

I don't usually like ABC books. They're fine as a list of words that begin with each letter of the alphabet in alphabetical order, but they're not a fun read aloud. In fact, they can be pretty boring.
Here's one that is so visually arresting, I don't even mind about the lack of a story.

I love the white space on each page that brings your eye to focus on the one beautiful photographic image. The pictures are so vivid, the animals seem close enough to touch. Conversation about textures and how different animals "feel" will immediately result after a look at the pages in this book.

Field Trip Extension Idea:
A trip to the Zoo or the library to find more nonfiction animal books will stoke the fires of interest and knowledge about the animals on our planet. If you go to the Zoo, take along a digital camera and let your child snap the pictures. Their perspective may surprise you and you can create your own animal book at home!

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