A big thank you to Abbeville Press for the opportunity to review this book.
Alphabet Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman uses the medium of photography to find the ABC’s in everyday life. Kaufman looks in unexpected places to find all the letters of the alphabet, and the results are creative and visually appealing.
My review copy of Alphabet Everywhere was a digital one, so I couldn’t take this book to school. Instead, I pulled my 2 year old up on my lap and we looked at the book together. He can identify most of the letters of the alphabet on sight, but sometimes gets confused by a few. As we looked through Kaufman’s book, my son loved spying the letters in everyday objects, and got very excited when he recognized a letter. He had trouble with a few of them (for example, he thought the letter G was a number 6), but overall he did really well. We had a lot of fun interacting together and going over each photo.
I would love to do this book with my students. They are a little bit older (ages 3 to 5), and I know they would have no trouble spotting the letters in the book. We could look at this book as a group, but the kids could also enjoy this one individually. It’s a good choice for my class because even the kids who are not yet readers can look at this book and get a lot out of it.
I highly recommend Alphabet Everywhere to any teacher or parent working with children who are learning the alphabet. I think adults with an appreciation for photography will enjoy this one as well. Kaufman has done a great job of making this book both artistic and accessible.
Alphabet Everywhere is 64 pages long and is published by Abbeville Press. It will be available in book stores in Spring of 2012. You can follow Alphabet Everywhere on Facebook and learn more on Abbeville’s Alphabet Everywhere page.
Abbeville Press was kind enough to provide me with an advance copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.