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Author: Johnson, Stephen T.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9781416925217
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten

Alphabet School

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Can you find the letters on every page?  Re-examine and rediscover our schools anew…in the most unexpected places.
In this complimentary book to his Caldecott Honor book, Alphabet City, Stephen Johnson takes us on a journey in and around a school, exploring the alphabet as a visual form. The author/illustrator’s inspiration for this book is from a half eaten sandwich in his daughter’s lunch.  Readers are invited to find the letters of the alphabet in the most unexpected, yet familiar common objects and places.  This is a wordless picture book, except for the capital alphabet letters imbedded into illustrations, which appear grainy and reminiscent of memories gone by.  They are monolith prints that have been digitally enhanced.  Most letters are easily identified but other require study to decipher within the prints.
The author’s introduction to this book is a good model for art students who are studying different art forms and subjects.  It is ideal for teaching English language learners about common everyday objects they find in their daily school environment and for young children who are learning their ABCs.   This book could also provide a model in which young children may create their own alphabet books about school.  

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