Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

ABC Dream

Krans, Kim (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2016. 44 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9780553539295 (hardcover)
9780553539318 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

figurative language, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Capital letter A stands tall, with an apple on its point, through which two exquisitely rendered arrows are driven. Ants crawl along their shafts and swarm an apple core in the corner. The letter A is rendered with an argyle pattern. Thus begins this rewarding visual exploration of the Roman alphabet.

Realistic illustrations are both delicate and striking, using fine line, textural markings and vivid watercolour effects to create surreal compositions of animals, objects and their featured letter-forms. The result is an irresistible invitation to name every instance of the featured letter while encouraging discussion and storytelling, perhaps inspiring readers to make their own compositions.

The cute and clever spread for H shows a hedgehog wearing a party hat and hinges spanning the book’s gutter. Poetic ideas abound, such as in the spread for M, where mountains contrast with a mouse (who gazes into the mirrored surface of the letter). The W-spread’s pink-stained background supports a beautifully etched monochrome slice of watermelon that in turn hosts feasting wasps—all within the filigreed frame of pen-scratched spider webs.

Altogether, artistic skill and artful imagination make each letter-spread a fascinating read, in this wordless alphabet book. Back material provides an answer key for all the letter-words depicted.

  •  Discuss why it is important to know your alphabet. How does it help you in life? What does it allow you to do?
  •  Choose a letter and find as many nouns as possible for that letter. Post them on the wall.
  •  Browse a few alphabet books. What do they have in common? What can you expect when you read an alphabet book? Start an anchor chart on alphabet books.
  •  Choose other animals and make your own ABC book. Use this book as a mentor text to help guide you.
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    Explore the book and name the alphabetical words on each page.

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    Combine the words from one page and other words starting with the same letter to create alliterative sentences.

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    Explore the patterns on the letters A, L, P and Q (argyle, lace, plaid, quilt). Where else could you find these patterns (socks, wedding veil, etc.)? Research other patterns that could be added to this alphabet. Start a class list of patterns.

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    Pick a letter from an alphabet jar. Create a new page in the same style as this text. Assemble the pages into a class book.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • Visual Arts