To celebrate the occasion I thought I would share one of my very favorite ABC books.
Today, we can find many unique and quirky ABC books. No longer do we have to settle for A is for apple, B is for Boy, Z is for Zebra. Today there are ABC books featuring insects (with the exception of honeybee, I think they should all be listed under Y for Yuck!) There are ABC books for each state. Louisiana's A is for andouille or alligator, B is for beignet. Virginia's features several of our early presidents. New York's books feture eveyrthing from S is for subway, E is for Ellis Island - these are just a few that come to mind. There are ABC books about space, about the ocean, about the rainforest, about ecology, computers, and the lists go on and on. In fact, someone could write an ABC book about ABC books!!!
But, years ago, when my son was a small boy, there were mostly the cute littl Apple, Baby, Cat, Dog, Yak, Zebra books. They were usually beautifully illustrated and served their purpose well. Except - when you have a little guy who is past the cute little baby, toddler stage, but not quite read for quantum physics, well there needed to be something in between. An ABC book that would keep a 4 year old interested in learning more, new, and interesting words. Then, one day -
The Z Was Zapped! by Chris Van Allsburg!
The Z was zapped by lightening. The P is pecked by a raven. The C is cut to ribbons! The F, flattened by a foot! The A is done in by an avalanche! Oh the whole alphabet meets with clever demises!
If you haven't seen the book, check it out at the library. In fact, check out other Van Allsburg books. Two Bad Ants, Jumani, Polar Express and on and on. A collection of books that will entertain, delight and enchant both child and adult.
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