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Brian Wildsmith’s ABC [Board book]

Brian Wildsmith

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Book Description

Sept. 12 2014
Winner of Britain’s equivalent of the Caldecott Medal, this book revolutionized children’s book illustrations. It remains an all-time favorite alphabet book.

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Product Details

  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books; Brdbk edition (Sept. 12 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887734023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887734028
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 14.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #613,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


...This alphabet board book's freshness lies in the artist's free-form, devil-may-care way with paint. -- Parenting, February 1996

Wildsmith's brilliant illustrations, for which he won Kate Greenway medal, are sure to encourage pre-schoolers to learn their ABC's. -- School Library Journal, August 1996

From the Back Cover

Brian Wildsmith's ABC does more than introduce children to the alphabet. It welcomes them to a celebration of wonderful, free-spirited art. Wildsmith, one of the world's leading illustrators, was awarded the Kate Greenaway medal for this ABC book. Now more than 30 years later, it remains fresh, vibrant, and enticing. Share it with a child you love.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice ABC Book, Babies Enjoy It! July 2 2006
By Jennifer Juday - Published on Amazon.com
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BRIAN WILDSMITH'S ABC has been a fun addition to my baby's book collection. The excerpt Amazon offers will give you a good idea of Wildsmith's style. If you like that picture, you will likely enjoy the entire book.

While alphabet books are not as immediately appealing as story books, they are supposed to help with early reading. My experience with BRIAN WILDSMITH'S ABC certainly suggests that. I have been reading this both to my 10-month-old son and a 22-month-old friend for a month. Both enjoy it, especially my son.

The 22-month-old learned several words for the first time out of reading BRIAN WILDSMITH'S ABC. The vocabulary is a nice mix of familiar and unusual: armadillo, butterfly, cat, dog, elephant, fish, goat, horse, iguana, jaguar, koala, lion, mouse, nest owl, peacock, queen, rooster, snail, turtle, unicorn, violin, weasel, xylophone, yak and zebra.

While BRIAN WILDSMITH'S ABC is not one of the first books I reach for, I think it has been a good addition and will help my son learn to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Son Loves This One Feb. 12 2014
By FearsomeKitty - Published on Amazon.com
We have several ABC books, but this is one that he and I agree on. The editorial review is a bit misleading... A in this book is NOT for 'apple' but for 'armadillo' which is a bit less common for toddlers to grasp. We read this now with me saying the letters and my son shouts out the word that is illustrated (i.e., "cat!' 'dog!' or 'ko-ko' which is how he says koala). I will say, he was less interested in this until the last few months (probably really gained interest after 18 months, he's 22 months now) but now that he's really "into" the ABCs (the song, the different books we have, etc.), he wants to read this one multiple times in one sitting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wildsmith, author and artist July 16 2013
By Jeanine Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
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Another treasure I found on Amazon! 30 years ago I shared this book with my daughter. Now I can give it to her for her little one, due in September.
Astonished and so happy I could find this childhood favorite still available.
Thanks, Amazon, for providing everyone a blast from the past!
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as I remembered it Jan. 9 2013
By Abigail's Daughter - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a board book in a much smaller format than when it was originally published, and I think some of the illustrations have been changed, e.g., I remember "apple" for A and this has "aardvark." However the illustrations are fine painterly pictures. Good to use with younger children, as there is only one illustration per letter instead of a lot of smaller ones.
4.0 out of 5 stars simple as ABC... Jan. 6 2013
By writenroll - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Eric Carle ABC, but it doesn't come in a board book - my two-year-old twin grandsons managed to rip it. So this is a board book, which is great. It's simple, just uppercase letters, and the accompanying pictures are interesting and attractive. I think it would have been better if the dimensions of the book itself were a little larger.

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