The ABC Animal Orchestra

The ABC Animal Orchestra

Book - 2015
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Aardvarks play accordionsButterflies strum banjosChimpanzees crash cymbalsPreschoolers can learn their ABCs with this terrific alphabet primer. The fresh, alliterative text highlights the actions of the animals as they play their instruments from around the world. The expressive artwork also features many other words that begin with the letter showcased in each spread, making this an interactive seek-and-find book.
Publisher: New York : Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt and Company, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780805090727
Characteristics: 34 unnumbered pages :,colour illustrations ;,29 cm.


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Jul 06, 2016

SUMMARY: This is an ABC book that shows an animal playing an instrument for each letter of the alphabet. For example: "C is for Chimpanzee crashing his cymbals. It's also for car, cat and camera."

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in mixed media. They are very colorful and interesting. However, the layout is very busy with far too much to look at for the advertised age range.

THE GOOD: I was intrigued by the title when I saw this book as I am always looking for ABC books that are different--not just the run of the mill A is for Apple. There is plenty of rich vocabulary throughout the book as children are introduced to a list of different animals and instruments as well as other words each letter stands for.
THE NOT AS GOOD: First, I know this nitpicky, but B is for Butterfly and a butterfly is not an animal. I would have liked to see consistency here. There are 25 animals and one insect. The illustrations for this book are so intriguing, but I was unable to fully appreciate them because the pages were overly busy. There was far too much to see on each page. The same can be said for the wording (which necessitated more illustration on the page). This book would have been so much better if it were simplified to "E is for Elephant strumming her Electric guitar" rather than adding on the additional E words.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 2-5. However, the pages are very busy and complicated for the 2-3 year olds.

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