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Brian Wildsmith's ABC Board book – Sep 12 2014

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...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

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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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Nice ABC Book, Babies Enjoy It! July 2 2006
By Jennifer Juday - Published on
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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.
My Son Loves This One Feb. 12 2014
By FearsomeKitty - Published on
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.
Great First ABCs Feb. 22 2011
By J. E. Clinton - Published on
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This is a sweet little first ABC's board book for the under-2 set. I first got this from the library (and later purchased from Amazon) just before my son turned two and wished I'd gotten in months earlier. He instantly loved it - lots of rich colors in the illustrations. Now, we focus on the words that he doesn't run across often and is learning from this book, like 'armadillo', 'jaguar', and 'iguana,' which is his favorite illustration - he asked, 'what dinosaur it is?' He's also fascinated by the picture of the xylophone and its mallet - it's fun explaining that - and 'unicorn' - to a 2 year old!
Nice Phonological Introduction Aug. 2 2015
By Lady Lilith - Published on
ABC is a cute board book. A little bit on the small side but very easy for the reader to follow.

Each letter has its own side of the book. The boo goes through all the letters of the alphabet assigning one illustration to each one. The illustrations are done in such a nice painterly fashion, that this book mixes education with art.

This is a great way to help introduce children to beginning sounds and phonics.
Not quite as I remembered it Jan. 9 2013
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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.