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The Alphabet Tree

by Leo Lionni

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The Alphabet Tree is told by an ant and is story about a tree full of letters. There was a tree that was full of letters, and each letter a favorite leaf. One day the wind was very strong and some of the letters flew off of the tree. A bug explained to the letters that if they made words they would be stronger and the wind couldn't blow them away. Next time the wind came, all of the letters were safe. Later, a caterpillar says to the letters that they should make a sentence to become even stronger. The letters want their sentence to mean something and decide to spell out peace on earth and goodwill to all men. This story shows children that letters can become words and words can become sentences. As an activity, each student could draw their own alphabet tree and turn the letters into words, and the words into sentences. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 26, 2015 |
This book will address phonemic awareness and other early reading skills. It will help young students understand that letters make words make sentences make books.
  ekbrumley | Apr 29, 2014 |
I really liked The Alphabet Tree by Leo Leoni. The book's central message had to do with letters and teaching children that letters make words and words combined form sentences. Obviously all young children are in the process of learning this in the classroom so I think the message by Leoni is an important and relevant one. I thought the book had good illustrations and a story children will be drawn to. I especially liked the part where the bug tells the letters that if they can stick together and make words then the wind won't blow them away. Overall, this was a simple story with a clear message that should be well received by young readers. ( )
  gsmith3 | Nov 4, 2013 |
This book is a great tool for young readers, grades K-2nd. The book will teach children how to arrange letters into words and sentences. The illustrations are colorful and fun, and the children are sure to like this one!
  paulweber | Oct 20, 2013 |
This is another classic book for many! Lionni has a great style with her children's books. This book is about an alphabet tree that lost almost all of its leaves in a strong wind. A bug and a caterpillar help put the letters back on the tree and to form a special message. This book would be great in the classroom to:
-show children how different letters come together to form words
-how team work benefits everyone
-see the alphabet in a different way that is more abstract than usual alphabet books
-form their own alphabet tree
-work hands on with letters
  justkaye | Dec 3, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679808353, Paperback)

When a fierce wind threatens to blow all the little letters out of the alphabet tree, they must band together in words—and then sentences—to create a message that's even stronger than the wind: peace on earth. With their newfound knowledge, there's nothing the letters can't do in this gentle parable about the power of the written word.

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A strong wind blows most of the letters off the alphabet tree and those that remain hide among the branches. Then a bug and a caterpillar come along and teach them how to arrange themselves into words and sentences to form a special message.

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