Friday’s Five Minute Review: The Hidden Alphabet
|September 16, 2011||Posted by Miss Shari under Children's Literature, Children's Media, Early Literacy, Literacy Activities|
I was at the local library a few weeks ago and I saw this chunky little book on the shelf and I pulled off. I knew I loved this book when I saw the cover – Laura Vaccaro Seeger was featured last year on The Story Carpet for her book First the Egg. Seeger’s bold and colorful illustrations engage children and storytellers alike. I had no doubt that The Hidden Alphabet would not disappoint.
It’s colorful, bold, fun, interactive (with cardboard flip frames) and sturdy – which is great for 2-5 year old children. It focuses on short vowel sounds and the word pictures are unique choices. Words like wave, yolk, arrowhead, garden hose, olive, and partridge are so thought-provoking and non-traditional. I love the vivid artwork – its detailed and layered. The only thing that would make it an all-around sensory experience is textured illustrations, for those tactile learners that need to touch and feel to learn.
This book in its simplicity – is so much more. It has stimulating visuals and challenging multi-syllable word-pictures for pre-readers. It’s a nice change from the standard A for apple and B for bear – The Hidden Alphabet expands vocabulary using distinctive words and bold-detailed artwork. This little read can be used in many creative arts, reading and writing projects in kindergarten and early elementary classrooms.