Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Tomorrow’s Alphabet

Shannon, George (Author)
Crews, Donald (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1999. 56 pages
First published: 1996
ISBN: 9780688164249 (paperback)
9780688135041 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

point of view, 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:

This alphabet book with a clever twist challenges readers to imagine the possibilities of tomorrow.

Unconventionally, each letter is connected to an item of the future rather than the present. A, for example, is not for apple, it is for seed—tomorrow’s apple. B is for eggs—tomorrow’s birds. C is for milk—tomorrow’s cheese.

Each of the 26 letters, vibrant and prominently displayed, has its own watercolour double-page spread. On the left page is a picture of what the letter stands for (a tiny seed in someone’s palm); on the right is the thing that will grow or evolve from it in the future (a bright red apple in someone’s hand). The word is clearly spelled out in upper case letters beneath it.

The spare text is graphically laid out the same way for each of the letters, making it easy for children to recognize the underlying theme of growth and change that runs through every pairing.

  •  Talk about each page and discuss the connection between the left and right pages.
  •  

    As a group, develop another 'tomorrow-style' alphabet book—perhaps a big book on oversized pages—using this one as a model.

  •  

    Write about what you be when you grow up and explain why.

  •  

    Make predictions by hiding the right side page and looking only at the left. How do you think the object will change?

  •  

    Create a classroom ABC book with the book as a model. Choose the purpose and the intended audience for your book. Make a connection between what the object is today and what the object will become in the future.

  •  

    Write a new version of the book called Yesterday’s Alphabet.

  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts