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Albert's Alphabet Hardcover – Mar 30 1991


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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 30 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689316429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689316425
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #736,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Albert the duck gets a note from the principal asking him to build an alphabet on the school playground ("We must have it by three o'clock"), he is not flustered and sets to work immediately. Plan in wing, resourceful Albert attacks his materials with confidence and vigor. The vignettes depicting the creative ways in which Albert fashions the letters, with the clock ticking in the background, are ingenious in themselves, as are the finished products. Occasional aerial views reveal more of Albert's mechanics and expand the book's excellent spatial qualities. Tryon continues the suspense established with Albert's deadline: after the letter "N," "Albert used all of his lumber. What will he use now?" Readers need not fear, since firewood, stovepipes, topiary and even--in a gloriously inventive finale--the workshop itself are employed to the fullest as this diligent duck completes his mission just in time. The challenge inherent in trying to second-guess Albert in his constructive quest makes this a useful tool for preschoolers. Unlike traditionally static alphabet renderings, the activity here is interesting enough to invite many repeat readings. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Albert, a goose who is the school carpenter, takes on the challenge of building a kind of alphabet par cours e for the walking path on the playground. His careful attention to detail, his thrifty use of material, and his inventiveness will give older preschoolers lots to admire in each letter. The almost entirely wordless book encourages concentration and sequencing (each page is divided into four smaller drawings, like a comic strip). Aerial views and close-ups require (and reward) attention. Children will enjoy Albert's ingenious solution to the problem of "Z," and those curious about carpentry will derive particular pleasure from the many watercolor and ink drawings.
- Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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ABC Oct. 18 2000
By Michael S Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful way to discover and learn the alphabet. This book is an excellent springboard for children to create their own alphabet book. Think of making the alphabet out of toothpicks and make a scene behind. Have fun building!
My children's favorite book Jan. 9 2007
By parent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was my children's favorite book when they were young. It's actually better because it's a story told in pictures - the reader/parent has to add the narrative. It gets both reader and child engaged in how school custodian/carpenter Albert is going to come up with a way to build the next letter of the alphabet. When my kids outgrew it I started giving it as a baby gift.
Preschooler loves it May 21 2014
By ecbillingsley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My little boy loves reading this book. There aren't words, except one the first page, and he loves making up his own story when he "reads" it. It's a cute and creative book, the letters are made from things around the house so it helps him use his imagination with the things around our house.
Great Book April 12 2013
By Kristina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
My son is only interested in Legos. I was getting frustrated because he refused to try to learn the alphabet. My mom, a retired librarian, recommended this book. We only had to read the book once and my son was talking about the alphabet, singing the alphabet song and making letters out of Legos.
Albert's Alphabet Nov. 29 2012
By Hawaiian granny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Albert made a very creative use of available materials to make his alphabet. This was as enjoyable to the adult reader as it was for the child they were reading it to,


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