Alphabet Book (Usborne Farmyard Tales)


Go through the alphabet, finding objects on the farm that start with each letter. An alliterated sentence narrates the scene and a question prompts the child to interact with the page, either finding an object, counting a group, or describing what is happening.The letter is in the corners of the page, upper and lower case.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a learn-your-ABCs book that is fun and has lots of things to find. With its questions it will directly engage kids in discovering letters, letter sounds, counting.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our son loved to interact with every page (there are 26). We are really "into" counting, also identifying animals and letters. We often stopped halfway through because 26 letters is a LOT of work. We came back to this book, as he wanted to read it again. My son actually offered "bucket starts with 'B.'" He figured out that there is a small yellow duck to be found on each page. (sigh)

Parent Reaction

There are lots of dimensions to this book. I like how it goes beyond the repeated letter sounds (alliteration) and rhymes to help kids explore how words are used. It made it so easy to read to my son. It is so interactive it is more like an activity book.

Type of Book:
This an ABC book with a seek-and-find element and vocabulary for kids who read at Level 1.
Educational Themes:

This is a very teaching-friendly book. Although this is a "letters" book, it is a prime counting book, too. Kids will also learn about animals and farms; patterns; and story-telling (what is happening that is funny?)

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 3-year-old boy.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The story is fun for parent and child, and very interactive. It is an excellent learning tool. The pictures are cute and it has some humorous elements. The illustrations offer hours of self-directed exploring.

Title Alphabet Book

Usborne Farmyard Tales

Author Heather Amery
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd © 1998
Illustrators Stephen Cartwright
ISBN 9780746030141
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.99
Genres Math, Poetry
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