Patrick’s Book of the Day — Kipper’s A to Z

kipperKipper’s A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure, by Mark Inkpen (ages 2-7)

This is a cute addition to the category of alphabet books.  Kipper and his friend Arnold the pig are looking for animals to fit in their box.  They find some big and some small, each corresponding to a letter of the alphabet.  The illustrations are on white background, making them stand out, and the text is large, which makes this book perfect for reading to a group.  The letters of the alphabet are the largest type size, making them easy to point out.  The book also contains alliteration which helps to reinforce the letter concept (i.e., interesting insect inside).  A zebra appears periodically throughout the story asking if it’s his turn yet.  Kipper and Arnold keep telling him “not yet,” until they reach the last two letters of the alphabet and tell him “Yes” (for Y) and “Z is for  Zebra.”   Mick Inkpen has done a wonderful job moving beyond “B is for books.”

Kipper’s A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $7.00

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