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The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase alphabet with attitude. "A told b, and b told c, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'"--which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit. Lois Ehlert's chunky block illustrations show the luxuriant green palm standing straight and tall on the first page, but it begins to groan and bend under its alphabetical burden. First the coconuts fall off, then ("Chicka chicka... BOOM! BOOM!") all the letters also end up in a big heap underneath. A very simple board-book version stops there, but this original text goes on to introduce the helping hands of the 26 uppercase "mamas and papas and uncles and aunts." (Baby to preschool) --Richard Farr --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In this bright and lively rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap: "Chicka Chicka . . . BOOM! BOOM!" All the family members race to help, as one by one the letters recover in amusingly battered fashion. Poor stubbed toe E has a swollen appendage, while F sports a jaunty Band-Aid and P is indeed black-eyed. As the tropic sun goes down and a radiant full moon appears, indomitable A leaps out of bed, double-daring his colleagues to another treetop race. This nonsense verse delights with its deceptively simple narrative and with the repetition of such catchy phrases as "skit skat skoodle doot." Ehlert's bold color scheme, complete with hot pink and orange borders, matches the crazy mood perfectly. Children will revel in seeing the familiar alphabet transported into this madcap adventure. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
my almost 3 year old really connected with this book which suits me fine because it has upper and lower case alphabet for recognition. nice rhymes and coconut tree fun.Published 2 months ago by Nadine Mazzawi
I loved this book when I was a kid so I bought it for my baby. He's a little too young to appreciate it but hopefully soonPublished 3 months ago by Erika
My two year old grandson loves this book and we read it over and over. Marvellous story and lots of fun to share.Published 3 months ago by KAC
Cute book. My son likes it, I'm impartial. It rhymes well, and is a good lesson on capitol letters and under case letters.Published 4 months ago by Lesley
I would have rated this book five stars but it came all warped. I'm trying to flatten it with weights.....Published 6 months ago by C Jennifer Smith
it's the full story.. not a shortened version for which we are grateful!Published 8 months ago by Cory.