ALPHABET CHILD’S FIRST ABC by Alison Jay
Alison Jay weaves potent magic as she leads grown-ups and children alike on a very special journey through the alphabet. back cover. Alison Jay’s signature illustration style brings a child’s fist numbers and ABC to life.
This imaginative alphabet book offers visual clues to track and a story to tease out in its beautiful paintings. Each picture focuses on one large item that corresponds to a letter in the alphabet, named below the picture. For “C is for cow,” a cow with an elongated body arches across a sky spreading over a landscape dotted with other items having names beginning with the letter C (a car and a cat, for example), which show up again in later pictures. The woman driving the car appears in many pictures, as does a man, first seen in a hot-air balloon, who goes on a trip and corresponds with the woman. Older children will flip from page to page, finding the simple story, drawing connections, and naming the letter-related objects. Younger ones can simply enjoy the delightful paintings with their crackle-glazed folk art look and touches of humour, including a bespectacled giraffe trimming topiary, an owl wearing a pence and other animals who appear together for the last letter and word, the inevitable “z is for zoo.