Here’s my Perfect Picture Book Friday choice:
Augie to Zebra An Alphabet Book!
Kate Endle & Caspar Babypants
Sasquatch Books, 2012
Suitable for: Ages 3 and up
Themes/Topcs: Alphabet, Names
Opening Line: Augie Awards the Ape
Synopsis: (from jacket) The Beautiful Alphabet of Names: This colorful and rhythmic alphabet book illustrates the diversity of people and names. Meet Hiroshi, Sisika, Gabby, and Pasquale! Collage artist Kate Endle and musician Caspar Babypants come together again to compose a beautifully happy trip from Augie to Zebra and all the letters in between.
Link to Resources: The book contains a “Can you find these other items that start with each letter?” on the final page. You can return to each page to identify all the objects. Listen to free songs for this and other books here. Since I’m posting this at the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics, another activity would be to find Olympic competitor names to complete the alphabet. I’m guessing the alphabet can be found among the international athletes.
Why I like this book: Over the last week, I’ve read dozens of ABC books — from simple to complex lists to full blown stories. This one stood out for its simple text and lovely collage illustrations. If you enjoy paper collage work, check out Kate Endle’s website and etsy shop. I was not disappointed.
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