Title: Alphabet City
Author/Illustrator: Stephen T. Johnson
This week’s blog is based on a picture book. Picture books are consists of high concentration of Dolch words, the 3 R’s, good picture to text match, and should offer something to both listener and reader and promote interactive discussions. There are many types of picture books, such as baby books (routines familiar to infants of toddlers), Interactive books, toy books (pop-up, three dimensional), wordless books, counting books and alphabet books. I chose an alphabet book.
The illustration in the book is painted with pastels, watercolors, gouache and charcoal on hot pressed watercolor paper. The illustrations are big, colorful, and realistic. The book is amazing. It allows teachers to teach children the alphabet using realistic structures in our surrounding. This 1996 Caldecott award winning book teaches children to find letters without looking in a book or on a sign, without even looking at a word. Children get to see alphabets around them daily no matter what they do or go. They see it when they are walking, riding the bus, playing in the playground, or even something as simple as looking out their window.
Seeing the alphabet daily would leave a stronger imprint in children mind. The book is also great for children that are visual learners. The book allows children to use their imagination, and learn in a playfully way. Once you turn the book to the first page the letter “A” made out of a construction sawhorse is in front of your face, big, colorful, and realistic. And it’s like that throughout the book.
I would include this book in my class room and encourage children to create their own alphabet book by finding structures within the classroom. Or simply have the children point out structures within the class room as I am showing them the book. You can also use this book to make a connection with the real world.