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Publisher Comments:

Don't just learn your letters—build them!

It's a book, it's a puzzle—and best of all, it's a way to learn the ABCs. Sara Midda's delightful How to Build an A comes with 11 fully safety-tested EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) pieces that can be pushed together to build all the letters of the alphabet, uppercase and lowercase. In the accompanying book, Midda, the British artist known for her charming watercolors, shows children the way. Each page introduces a new letter—A is for Apple, B is for Boy—and is illustrated with Midda's tiny people, who are shown comically hauling and heaving the pieces into place. Children will love the hands-on fun of bringing the letters of the alphabet to life. And parents will appreciate the mesh bag that comes with the kit, so all the parts stay together and can be used over and over again. For preschool and up.

Review:

"Offering a hands-on approach to learning the alphabet, this small-format book comes with 11 off-white foam shapes (as well as a mesh storage bag). In the book, miniature, stylized people (and the occasional dog) work together to construct each letter of the alphabet, using rectangular blocks and arcs shaped just like the foam pieces. Playful, irreverent illustrations accompany each letter being constructed: for 'N is for Nose,' two of the tiny people play in and around an elongated, drippy proboscis; with Z, the zebra participates in having his stripes painted on his back. But those interested in 'building' three-dimensional letters, as the title promises, may be disappointed: the pieces don't fit together seamlessly. For example, if kids try to make the letter 'B' following the illustration in the book, the vertical piece isn't long enough to accommodate both of the 'loops'; these have to be overlapped, in which case the loop placed on top tilts sadly toward one end. (Using a set of pieces different from what is shown will solve this problem but not similar ones.) A good idea just shy of realization. Ages 2 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Sara Midda, author of Growing Up and Other Vices and In and Out of the Garden, is a London-based artist and designer. She has exhibited her work in London galleries, and her designs are used in a full line of lifestyle products for the Japanese company Mitsukoshi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781579653781
Author:
Midda, Sara
Publisher:
Artisan Publishers
Subject:
Concepts - Alphabet
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Children's 4-8
Subject:
Alphabet
Subject:
Alphabet books
Subject:
Children s Picture Books-Concepts General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
7.0 x 7.0 in
Age Level:
04-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Offering a hands-on approach to learning the alphabet, this small-format book comes with 11 off-white foam shapes (as well as a mesh storage bag). In the book, miniature, stylized people (and the occasional dog) work together to construct each letter of the alphabet, using rectangular blocks and arcs shaped just like the foam pieces. Playful, irreverent illustrations accompany each letter being constructed: for 'N is for Nose,' two of the tiny people play in and around an elongated, drippy proboscis; with Z, the zebra participates in having his stripes painted on his back. But those interested in 'building' three-dimensional letters, as the title promises, may be disappointed: the pieces don't fit together seamlessly. For example, if kids try to make the letter 'B' following the illustration in the book, the vertical piece isn't long enough to accommodate both of the 'loops'; these have to be overlapped, in which case the loop placed on top tilts sadly toward one end. (Using a set of pieces different from what is shown will solve this problem but not similar ones.) A good idea just shy of realization. Ages 2 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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