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ABC Books for Early Readers

ABC books have come a long way. Preschoolers groove and grow with these delicate and meaty hors d'oeuvres.
A Gardener's Alphabet A Gardener's Alphabet
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: Mary Azarian  
Houghton Mifflin Co., $16.00 (Hard Cover)   

A master of the hand-colored woodcut, artist Mary Azarian shares with the viewer (of any age) her love of gardens - both vegetable and flower - and the work and joy that goes into their cultivation. Though there are appropriate words for each letter, it is the lovingly detailed pictures that reward our close attention.

Alphabet Riddles Alphabet Riddles
Ages: 5 - 7 yrs.
Author: Susan Royce   Illustrator: Doug DuBosque  
Peel Productions, Inc., $13.95 (Hard Cover)   

This is a pure delight - an intelligent, engaging collection of 26 alphabet riddles for children who already know the letters of the alphabet per se. The listener (or beginning reader) is given the first and last letter of a familiar word and then provided with a quartet of felicitously rhymed clues. Adults as well as children will be inspired to join in the fun.

Pigs from A to Z Pigs from A to Z
Ages: 5 - 7 yrs.
By: Arthur Geisert  
Houghton Mifflin Children's Books, $7.95 (Paperback)

On every page of this assemblage of very strange etchings, you'll find five forms of successive letters of the alphabet and seven rather peculiar pigs. Interspersed in a sort of fugal mode are the preceding and following letters as well. With intricate interweavings - of idea, text, and images - the simple abecedarian becomes a sort of porcine musical-mystical metaphor.

I Spy: An Alphabet in Art I Spy: An Alphabet in Art
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Selected By: Lucy Micklethwait  
HarperCollins/William Morrow, $9.95 (Paperback)

Twenty-six spendidly reproduced museum paintings fill the pages of this beautiful alphabet book. Children and adults alike will find themselves exploring these pages for objects beginning with the appropriate letter.

M Is For Music M Is For Music
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Kathleen Krull   Illustrator: Stacy Innerst  
Harcourt Trade Publishers/Harcourt Children's Books, $16.00 (Hard Cover)   

Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don't kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But you've never seen--or heard--a musical alphabet like this one. Beloved tunes. Unusual instruments. Legendary virtuosos. From anthems to zydeco, the language of music and the music of language harmonize in one superb symphony. It's a funky fusion for songsters of all ages! Book Description

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