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Anno's Alphabet by Mitsumasa Anno
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Anno's Alphabet

by Mitsumasa Anno

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Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full-page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter: anvil, bicycle, etc (amazon).
  AmyStepaniuk | Aug 31, 2015 |
REVIEW: "Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full-page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter: anvil, bicycle, etc."
SOURCE: PierceLibrary
  awetnoodle | Mar 15, 2013 |
REVIEW: "Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full-page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter: anvil, bicycle, etc."
SOURCE: PierceLibrary
  everything4nothin | Mar 13, 2013 |
If you can still find a copy of this book, buy it, it's a gem, as are most of his books.
They are artistic, secretive, complex yet deceptively simple, certainly not the typical "learn the alphabet" book you get for school.I bought a copy simply for my own pleasure in the clever pictures - both of the main letter and the surrounds. It is not, repeat not, a book for small children. ( )
2 vote Kitty3 | Jun 29, 2012 |
Anno’s Alphabet: An Adventure in Imagination and George Shannon’s Tomorrow’s Alphabet are two distinct types of alphabet books. Anno’s book, at first glance, is a beautifully illustrated simple word-picture alphabet book, whereas Shannon’s book includes a riddle component. Anno depicts each letter as if fashioned out of wood, with images of woodworking tools appearing in the opening pages preceding the title page. In each image that represents a letter (i.e., a kangaroo for the letter “K”), there is at least a wooden detail within the object pictured. But if one looks closely at the intricate monochromatic borders that decorate each page, one can find at least one object that also begins with that letter, and sometimes more (on the “K” page there is a king, key, knife and knot “hidden” inside the border). The fine, detailed handling of letters, borders and representational images are quite appealing. A key at the end notes all the objects hidden in the borders. A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (Picture Book) 1975. Preschool-7 (for the hidden imagery).

In comparison, Tomorrow’s Alphabet requires the reader to predict what each letter stands for, based on a given clue. For example, “A is for seed” is followed by “tomorrow’s apple.” The letter is always the same color the alphabetically matched word (“A” and the word “apple,” etc.), to further clarify the connection. It’s an engaging concept, and I have successfully used this book for kindergartners and first graders. First graders are a perfect target grade. However, some pairs are too obscure (“F is for wheat—tomorrow’s flour”) and the book’s layout is problematic. Both set-up (“D is for puppy” and answer (“tomorrow’s dog”) are on the same 2-page spread, so I have had to bend back half the book to not display the answer when posing the challenge. Donald Crews’ illustrations are mostly clear and adequate. No awards could be found.

Anno, M. (1975). Anno's alphabet: An adventure in imagination. New York: Crowell.
Shannon, G., & Crews, D. (1995). Tomorrow's alphabet. New York: Greenwillow Books. ( )
  karenamorg | Oct 16, 2011 |
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