Bibliographic information: Bernhard, D. (1993). Alphabeasts: A hide & seek alphabet book. New York: Holiday House.
Annotation: This is about the letters in the alphabet, as well as an animal that starts with each of the letters. The children also get to search for the animal in the picture, as well as find all of the animals and letters in a giant picture at the end end of the book, to recall what they just learned.
Grade Level: k-1
Readers who will like this book: Children learning the alphabet, and children associating the alphabet with words and picture.
Personal Response and Rating: 4.5/5. I liked how there were three different aspects to the book. I think that having the animals be hidden for the children to find would keep them engaged and also help them want to read the words, to figure out what they are looking for.
Text Dependent Question: Which animal was the hardest to find? How can the pictures help us to figure out and learn about the animals that we don’t know?
Strategy: #2 Alphabet Books
This strategy gives students a chance to practice expanding their vocabulary. Students create a book using vocabulary words. Each student picks a letter and uses a vocabulary word from the unit to describe and talk about on their page. This gets students working on their writing skills while using vocabulary, and expanding their knowledge of the word. They first need to examine alphabet books, then prepare an alphabet chart. Next they choose a letter and design the page format. Then they use the writing process to create the pages. Lastly they compile the pages to make a complete book.
I think this strategy works well with this book because students are given a model of what an alphabet book looks like, and it uses animals and illustrations. They learned the names by matching the letters and pictures together, and now they will have a chance to do that in their own way fitting it to their specific lesson.