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The City ABC Book [Paperback]

Zoran Milich
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Feb. 1 2003
Every large city is filled with sights and sounds and lots and lots of words. But have you ever looked at the city itself? At the shapes created by wood, concrete, metal and paint? A keen eye and a little inspiration are all it takes to discover a hidden alphabet among the architecture of a bustling metropolis. The City ABC Book features dramatic black-and-white photographs of urban landscapes with hidden letters boldly highlighted in red. Children will be inspired to take a second look at the world around them as their powers of observation are enhanced, and their imaginations are allowed to soar.

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Ages 4-7. How many alphabet books do we need? At least one more: this one, which resonates with the wit and creativity of Canadian photojournalist Milich. Inspired by daily walks with his daughter Hannah, Milich searched Toronto for hidden geometrics--letters buried in everyday places. From window frames in the shape of As to steel-welded Zs that support a bridge, he finds and documents them--in black and white, highlighting each letter in stop-sign red. Most children will pick a favorite letter, but each picture is a wonder and every letter a clear, playful image to consider and behold. Kelly Halls
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Zoran Milich has produced a photographic find-the-letter alphabet book ideal for this younger age group, which loves to find letter shapes in everyday objects.

[T]his is a useful addition to any collection of alphabet books and one that can be used to encourage closer viewing of everyday surroundings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delving for knowledge within the city April 7 2001
Format:Hardcover
In this book by Zoran Milich, children are captivated by a vast array of vivid images, which draw them into the realms of the city. Within the city, their quest for knowledge begins. Children learn the alphabet through the recognition of letters that exist in the forms of objects within the city. By acknowledging the presence of the letters of the alphabet within their surroundings, children can quickly embrace and master the alphabet, as well as apply this newborn form of instruction in other areas to create an infinite learning experience. This skill serves to enhance a child's inquisitive nature as well. While observing a four year old viewing the book, I witnessed a child overcome with astonishment. He not only enjoyed locating the letters within the pictures, but also was also intrigued to find that letters were present within city structures. I feel this book is an essential tool in not only teaching the alphabet to children, but to enhancing their perceptiveness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual ABC's April 5 2001
Format:Hardcover
The thing about kids' ABC books is that they are mostly all the same: pretty illustrations of common objects; apples to zebras. This book takes a different and perhaps more challenging approach for children. The alphabet is "seen" all around us "in" photographs of objects. It is a fun visual romp through the city, finding the form of letters everywhere. All it takes is a little imagination and you can start off where Zoran Milich ends, finding alphabet forms wherever you look. Not for very young children perhaps but perfect for an inquisitive four or five year old.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ABC's with a difference April 4 2001
Format:Hardcover
The thing about kids' ABC books is that they are mostly all the same: pretty illustrations of common objects; apples to zebras. This book takes a different and perhaps more challenging approach for children. The alphabet is "seen" all around us "in" photographs of objects. It is a fun visual romp through the city, finding the form of letters everywhere. All it takes is a little imagination and you can start off where Zoran Milich ends, finding alphabet forms wherever you look. Not for very young children perhaps but perfect for an inquisitive four or five year old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explore the city April 3 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The City ABC Book is a great book for children of all ages to explore their surroundings. Photographer Zoran Milich sees letters in urban architecture. When I gave the book to a seven year old, he began to see letters everywhere. This is a great teaching tool, and the first time I have seen photography used so well in a format for children. It's an excellent introduction to photography and the city. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delving for knowledge within the city April 7 2001
By Jelena V. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In this book by Zoran Milich, children are captivated by a vast array of vivid images, which draw them into the realms of the city. Within the city, their quest for knowledge begins. Children learn the alphabet through the recognition of letters that exist in the forms of objects within the city. By acknowledging the presence of the letters of the alphabet within their surroundings, children can quickly embrace and master the alphabet, as well as apply this newborn form of instruction in other areas to create an infinite learning experience. This skill serves to enhance a child's inquisitive nature as well. While observing a four year old viewing the book, I witnessed a child overcome with astonishment. He not only enjoyed locating the letters within the pictures, but also was also intrigued to find that letters were present within city structures. I feel this book is an essential tool in not only teaching the alphabet to children, but to enhancing their perceptiveness.
4.0 out of 5 stars ABC's with a difference April 4 2001
By Bob Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The thing about kids' ABC books is that they are mostly all the same: pretty illustrations of common objects; apples to zebras. This book takes a different and perhaps more challenging approach for children. The alphabet is "seen" all around us "in" photographs of objects. It is a fun visual romp through the city, finding the form of letters everywhere. All it takes is a little imagination and you can start off where Zoran Milich ends, finding alphabet forms wherever you look. Not for very young children perhaps but perfect for an inquisitive four or five year old.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual ABC's April 5 2001
By Bob Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The thing about kids' ABC books is that they are mostly all the same: pretty illustrations of common objects; apples to zebras. This book takes a different and perhaps more challenging approach for children. The alphabet is "seen" all around us "in" photographs of objects. It is a fun visual romp through the city, finding the form of letters everywhere. All it takes is a little imagination and you can start off where Zoran Milich ends, finding alphabet forms wherever you look. Not for very young children perhaps but perfect for an inquisitive four or five year old.
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore the city April 3 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The City ABC Book is a great book for children of all ages to explore their surroundings. Photographer Zoran Milich sees letters in urban architecture. When I gave the book to a seven year old, he began to see letters everywhere. This is a great teaching tool, and the first time I have seen photography used so well in a format for children. It's an excellent introduction to photography and the city. I highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review March 3 2012
By Barb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have a special needs student who I purchased this book for. He does have limitations but this book is his favorite. It arrived in perfect condition and we enjoy it . Thanks for making a special friend smile.
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