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Albert's Alphabet Hardcover – Mar 30 1991

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Product Details

  • 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
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #918,876 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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By Michael S Roberts - Published on
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!
HASH(0xa62aca80) out of 5 stars Nice Book About Problem Solving and Creativity Aug. 5 2015
By Lady Lilith - Published on
Format: Paperback
The basis of this book is to expose the children to the alphabet. A very great idea but I feel this book is so much more.

Before each letter is formed, the children have to figure out how to make each letter along with Albert. He goes to his shop and finds the right tools. Using lots of creativity and some hard work, the letters come to life.

This is amazing. This book is not only great to look through with your children, but it is also a great book to have in a block center. Let the kids take the creativity to a whole new interactive level.
HASH(0xa6f2899c) out of 5 stars My children's favorite book Jan. 9 2007
By parent - Published on
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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.
HASH(0xa62ac9d8) out of 5 stars Preschooler loves it May 21 2014
By ecbillingsley - Published on
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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.
HASH(0xa7a17954) out of 5 stars Great Book April 12 2013
By Kristina - Published on
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.