Learning the Alphabet Through Short Stories

Picture book author Oliver Jeffers is telling stories of the alphabet in his latest book, Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters. He's already told the stories of crayons (The Day the Crayons Quit), moose, and stars. In his latest book, he's taking teaching the alphabet beyond "C is for Cat."

From the Montreal Gazette:

True, A is for astronaut and Z is for zeppelin, both of which are shown on the cover of Once Upon an Alphabet, but there’s much more to this book than just one word for each letter. Jeffers himself explains his approach on what appears to be a page torn out of a journal: “If words make up stories,” his hand-lettered text reads, “and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters. In this menagerie we have stories, made of words, made FOR all the letters.”

Alphabet books are a staple of children's literature. We're all familiar with the basic "A is for apple, B is for bear" approach but some of us, myself included, revel in alphabet books that set themselves apart from the norm - that assign X to more than the usual xylophone image and Z to something other than zebra.

Read more at: www.montrealgazette.com

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