Monday, September 16, 2013

{Book Review} Alphabet Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman

Alphabet Everywhere
by Elliott Kaufman
Publisher: Abbeville Kids
Released: May 29th 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction- Children's: ABC Picture Book
How I got it: NetGalley

There is a world of letters just waiting to be discovered in the world around us -- if we know how to look for it.

n this engaging and delightful book, photographer Elliott Kaufman reveals the "secret" life of the alphabet through his photographs, showing how letters can be found in things we encounter every day. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by multiple images, each unintentionally created by the intersection of architectural details, shadows, light, or natural elements as caught by Kaufman's keen eye. Some are obvious, while others demand a little more imagination to recognize, inviting the readers to start their own game of hunting for letters! This fun approach also reinforces the notion that learning to see the familiar in new ways encourages visual literacy and creativity.

Elliott Kaufman is an architectural photographer whose work has been displayed in venues such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Light Gallery (NYC). He currently teaches at Queens College and the International Center for Photography.

Review: Alphabet Everywhere is a childrens picture book, using photos from real everyday objects to show kids that there are letters everywhere you just have to look and find them.
I'm currently homeschooling my son who's in pre-k so I requested this book mainly for him. As we sat down to read it, he got very excited about the pictures. When I asked him to point out the letters he drew them with his finger, showing me exactly where he saw the letters. A few required a little coaxing but for the most part he really enjoyed this book.  My only complaint was that since I got it from NetGalley I have a digital copy and lots of little finger smugdes on my laptop from tracing the letters. LOL!
I would highly recommend this book to parents and school professionals alike for kids. The pictures are crisp and inviting. Each letter has a set of 5 pictures one big, four small.
Page view from Abbeville, Publishers website
I was amazed at all the different places that letters could be hiding. This even inspired me to start looking for letters around outside with my son.

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