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Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet January 26, 2011

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal AlphabetGone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet, by David McLimans (2006)

Picture Book, 36 pages

With its black, white, and red motif, Gone Wild takes a new approach to learning about endangered animals inspired by the alphabet. As McLimans explains in the introduction, each letter was carefully crafted to portray one of these animals in beautiful black and white illustrations. While the artistic alphabet letters may suffice for a younger reader deciphering the images, a more sophisticated reader is given so much more. With Latin names, classes, habitats, ranges, threats, statuses, and descriptions about each animal provided, Gone Wild is definitely for a particular younger audience. While this book might not be intriguing to all beginning readers, young ones especially interested in science, animals, or endangered species will be fascinated by this book. However, a cautionary note to parents: this book’s aim seems to promote more understanding of endangered animals than it works to teach the alphabet.

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LMNO Peas January 25, 2011

LMNO PeasLMNO Peas by Keith Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LMNO Peas, by Keith Baker (2010)

Picture Book, 32 pages

With its catchy title and adorable illustrations, LMNO Peas is sure to please young readers learning the alphabet. Little busy peas share their occupations alphabetically in this rhyming narrative of jobs and letters. Illustrations abound as the peas go to work and interact with one another, giving readers plenty to peruse as they read. Baker uses each letter as the foundation for every page and then literally has the peas drive, fly, paint, and sing on them, building a city of busy little peas. With such amazing graphics and nifty rhymes, I would love to read this book to children. My only hesitation with a large group is the visibility of the small sets of peas around the pages. However, with clear text and individual occu-pea-tions all eager readers will have something to look at on each page.