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The Disappearing Alphabet by Richard Wilbur

The Disappearing Alphabet

by Richard Wilbur

Other authors: David Diaz (Illustrator)

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A cute poetry book about the world if there was no alphabet. It was a cute read aloud for young children. Some of the rhymes seemed a little forced. ( )
  csheldon | Dec 11, 2018 |
The author goes through what would happen if the letters of the alphabet started disappearing.
  Jennaclubb | Sep 13, 2016 |
Ok, I have to admit, as some of you know, I have trouble with nonsense. Sometimes I like it, and I always try to, but it often fails with me. So, if you like this book you can just blame my bad attitude & lack of sense of humor.

However, I don't actually believe this is nonsense - it's worse than that; it's 'anti-sense.' It's stupid. The verses don't signify; language doesn't work the way the author describes, nothing tickles nor resonates. I honestly don't think it's just me.

However, the pictures are very cool. Bright, clear, artsy but not fartsy. I'll look for more by Diaz. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This was a very clever way to make a poetry book as well. I think kids would adore it and it would go really well with a lesson about letters and their importance for words. The rhyming in it would make it fun. ( )
  ravjohns | Sep 19, 2013 |
This is a cute way to teach the importance of every letter to kids. depending on the child, it might serve better as a read-aloud because of all the unusual and sometimes misspelled words. The poetic couplets are witty and clever. "X" probably has the best quip: "The letter X will never disappear. The more you cross it out, the more it's here." Illustrations are uniquely different, perhaps best described as a cross between modern and folk art with a hint of surrealism. Expect to chuckle at the poem, and stare for a little while at the illustrations. ( )
  Laene | Apr 20, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 015216362X, Paperback)

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur turns his sharp eye to the noble alphabet and imagines what life would be like without these twenty-six little--but powerful--letters. Packed with humor and subtle wit, the verse in this captivating picture book is splendidly matched by Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz’s hilariously clever illustrations.

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A collection of twenty-six short poems pondering what the world would be like if any letters of the alphabet should disappear.

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