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Alphabet Adventure
Contributor(s): Wood, Audrey, Wood, Bruce Robert (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 043908069X     ISBN-13: 9780439080699
Publisher: Blue Sky Pr
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: August 2001

Annotation: It's as simple as


All the little letters of the alphabet are getting ready for a big adventure. Come share their excitement as they prepare for school, learn to stand in proper order, and even solve a mystery.

Bold, bright pictures and an engaging story will entertain children as they learn to recognize the "little" letters -- just what they'll need when they begin to read.

Learning the alphabet has never been so much fun!

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Alphabet; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 00067994
Lexile Measure: 410
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.25" (1.10 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 84203
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q25398
Reading Level: 1.9   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
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Publisher Description:
All the little letters of the alphabet are getting ready for a big adventure. They have learned their proper order, from a to z, and now they're ready to go to school. But something is wrong Little i has lost her dot, and none of the letters can find it. Can you?

Children, parents, and teachers will have a great time finding and identifying the "little" letters on every page -- and when the little letters meet up with a party of "big" letters, the entire alphabet, large and small, can be found in one exuberant scene. From games of hide-and-seek to a wealth of teaching tools, you're off on an Alphabet Adventure -- learning the alphabet has never been so much fun

Contributor Bio(s): IV>Audrey Wood has been writing award-winning children's books for more than thirty years, and she is a fourth-generation artist. She often collaborates with her husband, Caldecott Honor illustrator Don Wood (THE NAPPING HOUSE; KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB; IT'S DUFFY TIME!), and she created many bestselling books with their son, Bruce Wood (ALPHABET MYSTERY; TEN LITTLE FISH). Audrey has illustrated numerous popular books herself, including SILLY SALLY, A DOG NEEDS A BONE, and BLUE SKY (2012). She lives with her husband in Hawaii, under the blue sky, rain sky, and changing-all-day sky.

As a fifth-generation professional artist, I grew up with art all around me ? in the studios of my parents and grandparents. I have always been very interested in art ? it always seemed like a lot of fun.

One of the major advantages of growing up in a family of artists is the support you receive while learning your art form. It was also a unique experience. One year for my birthday, my parents made me a kid-sized cardboard castle out of refrigerator boxes in our backyard. It took me a few years to realize that not all my friends' parents were as creative as mine.

My initial interest in digital art came about at a young age. I started using Commodore 64's when I was eleven or twelve, and by age thirteen, I could do basic programming. Since then, I was always interested in how companies made computer games, and I think that's what ultimately led me to 3-D design.

In 1991, I attended the California Institute of the Arts, where I studied drama and advanced my interest in art created on the computer. Then, in 1993, I decided to enroll in the innovative San Francisco State Multimedia Center, where I pursued my long-standing interest in designing computer programs by studying animation and 3-D modeling.

This year I joined my family's creative team and illustrated my first book, The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam. The book took me over two years to make, and it was a true family collaboration. My mom wrote the story and my dad, Don Wood, functioned as art director.

I love telling stories with my art, and picture books are just that. And of course, I love seeing the face of a young child, sitting on a bookstore floor, completely immersed in a book that I have created.

Aside from being a children's book illustrator, I also surf, snowboard, and sail, which means that I do get to see the sun sometimes.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring)
When the letters of ""Charley's Alphabet"" are ready to be a team, they set off to go to school. On the way, the [cf2]i[cf1] loses her dot and the rest of the letters must set off to find it before they can complete their journey. The weak, confusing concept is stretched too thin. The slick, digitally prepared illustrationsáinágarish colorsáare as visually confusing as the text is ludicrous. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 July #1)
The mother-son team behind The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam presents 26 bold, athletic-looking lower-case letters called "Charley's Alphabet" in this unorthodox ABC. After working hard all summer with their teacher, "Capital T," they are on their way to the first day of school. But they're held up when the letter i loses her dot. Audrey Wood's (King Bidgood's in the Bathtub) straightforward text and quirky premise keep the story moving apace: "Hurry! School begins soon. We must find her dot, or we'll be late!" says Capital T. The letters come up with a plan, and race around to find a substitute for Little i to wear s offers a star, h a heart but at the last moment the mischievous dot returns (anxious about being replaced). Observant youngsters will note the dot's various hiding places in previous illustrations. Bruce Wood endows the crayon-colored alphabet letters with personality through their posture and actions, and places them in a hyper-realistic, computer-generated resort where crisp-edged gondolas glide through canals lined with candy-striped buildings and swaying palm trees. The horizontal layout of the book mimics film stills: the text crawls along the bottom of tropically colored spreads like so many subtitles. The climactic scene, a shot from high in the air, shows the letters aboard a streamlined yellow pencil bound for the classroom, where youngsters finally meet young Charley. A fresh and roundly satisfying excursion for those learning their ABCs. Ages 3-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 September)
PreS-Gr 1-In this cleverly conceived and dramatically executed story, the small letters of Charley's Alphabet are ready to graduate to their real task, which is to help the child learn his ABC's. Unfortunately, an accident that leaves little "i" missing its dot threatens to derail the mission. Capital "I" saves the day with a clever plan and all is well for the little alphabet and Charley. There are many crafty elements to this clever story. After little "i" is rescued, the other letters are so excited that they line up in the wrong order and some are upside down or backwards. Observant youngsters will spy little "i's" dot following it. The glossy illustrations are computer generated. Highlights, textures, and shadows are extremely successful using this medium and add great interest. Each page glows with jewel tones and is a feast for the eye. Children who are mastering the alphabet will be fascinated by this book, not only because of the letters but also in the suggestion that the alphabet can be theirs.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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