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ABC’s for life: Two terrific authors’ unique approach to the alphabet

ABC's for life

This week on Allentown Children’s Books Examiner page, two late great authors were the focus. Crockett Johnson and Kenneth N. Taylor have written children’s books with a unique and creative approach to the alphabet.

The Tuesday for Twos article on Harold’s ABC by Crockett Johnson discussed the visual and verbal attributes of alphabet learning and the importance of movement and hands on activities for toddlers, twos and preschoolers.  As always, Johnson’s little Harold creates an amazing journey and draws himself in and out of fantastical figures and imaginary places. Once again Harold shows how the simple and plain can become something great.  Read the full article review and all of the purple crayon adventures.

Cover of Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth N. Taylor

Kenneth N. Taylor’s book Big Thoughts for Little People also uses the alphabet to discuss complex issues and virtues with children. Each letter is followed by a gift, blessing or emotion that God has given to his children. Each letter is also followed by a commentary, questions and bible verse. This I believe is a multi-aged book. It’s information builds and there is something for children of all ages to reflect and ponder. It isn’t easy to teach complex feelings and thoughts – Taylors approach to simplifying God’s graces and teachings for children is very important.

The eye-catching, colorful and detailed artwork by Andrea Petrlik Huseinovic completes this unique and creative literary piece. This book is truly one to be shared with all family, friends, church and students. Read the full article review on Allentown Children’s Books Examiner page

Although both authors have passed away, Johnson in 1975 and Taylor in 2005, they will be long remembered for their contributions to children’s literature.

FTC Disclosure Statement: A hardcover copy of Big Thoughts for Little People was provided by Tyndale House Publishers.

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