Anno's Alphabet

Anno s Alphabet Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter anvil bicycle etc

  • Title: Anno's Alphabet
  • Author: Mitsumasa Anno
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter anvil, bicycle, etc.

    127 Comment

    • Jess says:

      Picture books - alphabet bookFor preschool upIn this wordless alphabet book, each letter is shown as though carved out of wood; the facing illustrations and borders show objects beginning with that letter.This is no beginner's alphabet book. Sure, it could be read on a basic level, identifying the letter. But a child can do that with any alphabet book - this one offers something more. Many of the letters are constructed like Escher drawings, showing impossible perspectives and curves. Many of th [...]

    • Kaitlin Howard says:

      I love the three dimensional letters in this book. They inspire creativity and open the readers mind up to other ways to make and see a shape they may already know well. All the letters are twisted, reflected, or seemingly wrong in some way when looked at closely, but appear to be perfectly normal letters from a distance. Each letter is paired with an object that begins with that letter as in many traditional alphabet book. For children learning the alphabet, this book will give them so much mor [...]

    • Cassandra Gelvin says:

      The alphabet is just an illusion.It's an alphabet book. The art is well-done, but it's just a depiction on the left side of the letter, like an illustrated piece of wood, like the A is an illusory triangle (like the Penrose triangle), where it doesn't make any sense. The letters tend to be illusions. On the right side of A is an anvil, but a weird anvil where they're heating up and hitting wood with a hammer. The border of the A pages is acanthus and aster leaves and flowers. For R, it's a rocki [...]

    • Maria says:

      A deceptively-simple alphabet book that becomes more interesting the more you pay attention. Like many letter books, there's the letter on the left side, then something beginning with that letter on the facing page. But that's just the beginning. After a brief visual introduction of a woodcarver preparing his tools and materials, the letters are all constructed of wood, some impossibly so. The A, for instance, (view spoiler)[is an MC Esher-esque optical illusion that can only exist in 2D. The F [...]

    • Kathy Gunn says:

      (1975)Definitely not a beginner's alphabet book. Each letter has a full-page spread and designed in an Escher-style where the wood pieces twist and turn into themselves. On the opposite page there is a full-page puzzle picture of an object that begins with that letter. Each double-page spread has a hand-drawn border, but you have to look closely because there are hidden pictures everywhere! Lucky for me, there is "cheat sheet" in the back of the book of some of the objects to be found. Themes: A [...]

    • Rick Bavera says:

      Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by full page object beginning with that letter, and borders of smaller objects. The details of the borders make this a "puzzle book" as much as an alphabet learning tool. The book could be used in developing vocabulary (some of the hidden objects were of things new to ME), and could be used as a starting point for a creative project making a project using alphabet pictures of one's own choosing.References say this is a book for K-2, but the puzzle aspec [...]

    • Julie says:

      My most favorite of the picture books by this author. The pictures are so visually rich they can't be looked at once, inviting the "reader" to peruse over and over. I think this is such a great learning book, as the child and parent look again, more things get discovered, and the older child will delight in the I Spy experience. Gives the parent an opportunity to explain some older items as well. Wish I had this for my children when they were younger. Someday maybe a Grandma Present.

    • Janet says:

      While this was an award winning title when it was published over 35 years ago, I am not certain today's child will embrace it. These are two page spreads of the letter rendered in wood with the corresponding picture on the right. Around each of the pages is a border done in pen and ink containing just a few items beginning with the same letter. With the lack of color in those borders will children pursue those illustrations? This probably needs to be an adult/child adventure.

    • Adrienne says:

      This alphabet book deserves to be read multiple times - each letter contains an optical illusion and each picture is detailed with all kinds of hidden things in it. Anno is a talented artist, and while some of his letter choices may confuse children (T is for typewriter, and who has those anymore?) most are easy to understand.

    • Kate says:

      Whoa! G is for gun! Sweet!This is on the Entering Kindergarten list. I can see a lot of these being hard for kids that young to figure out. Even I had to think about some of them for a second or two. It is pretty neat and different though.

    • Dana says:

      I like this book because the reader has to find the letter on each page. It's almost as if it is hidden but its not. The author used pictures to surround the letter. It is great book for children who are just starting to read.

    • Megan Miller says:

      This is defenitely a concept book for older studnets . The picture are difficult to understand, some are obvious and others not so much. A is for anvil, O is for orange oil paint. The pictures do make you think. I did like the glossary in the back explaining all the pictures.

    • Nikki says:

      Basic concept book on the alphabet. Each spread is a letter on one side and a drawing of something that stars with that letter on the other side. But nothing about the artwork grabbed me one bit, and I don't think it would entertain a little person for the whole alphabet.

    • Ms Threlkeld says:

      I liked the fact that the letters look like wood carvings and some kids might really be engaged in finding other pictures in the borders on each page, but a lot of the objects are old-fashioned and many of my students wouldn't have any idea what they were.

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    • Nancy says:

      A unique ABC book with each letter painted as though made of wood and appearing 3-dimensional. I also like the borders on each page that have hidden images illustrating each letter.

    • Jennifer Heise says:

      A lot of detail in the borders, but too many of the puzzles depend on spotting plant names that aren't familiar to the modern child. Pretty, though.

    • Mary Helene says:

      it's a totally amazing book. I love it. Here's the rub: the children I have read it to are not nearly as fascinated as I am. I think it is - unbelievably - too subtle for most children.

    • George Miles says:

      An absolute classic. Better for older kids who can appreciate the intricacies and impossibilities of the drawings.

    • Betsy says:

      Invites contemplation--lots of hidden pictures beginning with each letter.

    • Fibersian says:

      A beautiful wordless alphabet book. Pure letter recognition without the addition of phonics.

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