More than an Alphabet Poem


In this ABC book each letter has a 4-line poem about an animal that stars with the letter (e.g., alligator, beaver, cheetah, etc.). The poem offers facts about the animal to help with learning.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Wonderful illustrations and scientific accuracy offer layered learning for visual learners and those learning to read.

Content Awareness Factors:

Some of the text seemed "forced," but this is a minor point.

Little Kid Reaction

My 2-year-old liked the animals. The 4-year-old was better able to appreciate the added information about each animal, including the illustrated details on each animal's environment. They BOTH wanted to read it again. They liked pointing out details about the animals and made connections to "like" animals.

Parent Reaction

I loved the attention to detail in this book. The illustrations were fantastic and well thought out. For example, in most books, hippos are portrayed in a zoo on land, or just a nose above water, but this hippo was shown swimming from under water - his true natural state! There is a rich amount of information from text and illustrations about each animal.

Type of Book:
This picture book offers factual information about nature as it teaches kids their ABCs.
Educational Themes:

This is very geared to classroom learning, but it can be used at home for fun, too. Additional resources for animal flashcards are provided in the back of the book and online. There are themes of learning the alphabet, science, animals, and habitat.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 6
Age of child:
Read with boys 2-year-old and 4-years-old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Parents should definitely borrow this book and may want to buy, depending on the number of animal and/or ABC books at home. This is not a super-strong alphabet book, but it has GREAT info about animals.

Title ABC Safari
Author Karen Lee
Publisher Arbordale Publishing © 2006
Illustrators Karen Lee
ISBN 9780977742301
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Nature, Poetry
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