Cover image for Arlene Alda's ABC.
Arlene Alda's ABC.
Alda, Arlene, 1933-
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Tricycle Press, [1993]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A collection of photographs of things in our environment that resemble the letters of the alphabet.
General Note:
Originally published: Millbrae, Calif. : Celestial Arts, c1981.

Subtitle on cover: What do you see?
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books

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This gorgeous photographic ode to the alphabet takes the reader's eye on a journey through the everyday world. Search for the curl of a 'c' in pink shrimps in a pan, the hook of a 'j' in a collection of coat-hangers, and the tail of a 'q' in a key-ring on a table. This book takes a fresh look at the commonplace, usually unnoticed things around us.

Author Notes

Arlene Alda is an American writer and photographer. She was born in the Bronx, New York, on March 12, 1933. She attended Hunter College, majoring in music, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, in 1954. She then received a Fulbright Scholarship to study clarinet in Cologne, Germany.

After achieving her dream of becoming a professional clarinetist, Alda switched careers and became an award winning photographer and author. She has written numerous books for children, including: Except the Color Grey, Lulu's Piano Lesson, Hello, Good-bye, Iris has a Virus and Here a Face, There a Face. She also has several titles aimed at adults, most notably; Just Kids from the Bronx, 97 Orchard Street, The Last Days of MASH and On Set- A personal Story in Pictures and Words.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Originally published by Celestial Arts in paperback in 1981, this "redesigned and reissued" hardback version contains color photographs of everyday objects that, when looked at closely, turn into the letters of the alphabet. A yellow sawhorse becomes the letter A, a gold necklace a precious U. Production values are high: crisp color photographs are set against glossy white backgrounds; upper case letters appear in a pastel color picked up from a hue found in the photographed object. Whether a child is just learning the alphabet or already knows it, this is an involving browser that contributes a fresh look at commonplace, usually unnoticed things we find around us. ~--Janice Del Negro