I am still on maternity leave but that doesn’t mean I am not reading. I am doing a lot more work with my own children and have started a Mommy Blog. We do literacy activities every day but we now do more indepth literacy activities on Tuesdays. One of the things we have been looking at are ABC books. We travelled to the public library and signed out a number of Alphabet books.
If you have ever read a VanAllsburg you will remember it. He has the most amazing and beautiful illustrations. The Z Was Zapped is no exception. This unique alphabet book is written as a 26 act play, as there are 26 letters in the alphabet. Each letter has an action done to it and the reader first see the illustration. You then need to turn the page to read the description: “The A was in an Avalanche.” This would make a great inferring book for upper primary and junior students, having the student try and determine the description from the illustration. The language and actions in this book are a bit too advanced for lower primary students. My 5 year old was only able to figure out a few letters from their descriptions.
D is for Dancing Dragon – A China Alphabet by Carol Crane and Illustrated by Zong-Zhou Wang
Sleeping Bear Press publishes a series of beautiful alphabet books. A couple of years ago I read and blogged about B is for Bluenose by Susan Tooke. D is for Dragon is written in the exact same format. Each letter is accompanied by a detailed picture, a 4 line rhyming stance, and a detailed sidebar giving relevant information on the topic.
performing with grace.
We clap and admire their physical strength,
as they land in a very small space.
In the side bar is a description of the history of Chinese acrobats, a list of their amazing feats, and where they perform. The great thing about these concept books is that they can be used for a variety of ages. My own child loves the pictures and the simple rhyming passages. If she asks questions about any of the pages I then read further in the sidebar. As my husband travels to China for business every couple of months this book is very relevant in our house. This book has made such an impression on her that she wants to hold a Chinese festival at our place complete with lanern, rice, chop sticks and other aspects she learned in this book.
AlphaOops! The Day the Z Went First by Alethea Kontis, Illustrated by Bob Kolar