Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Elmo's Alphabet

At first glance, the Sesame Street book Elmo's Alphabet by Michaela Muntean, illustrated by Richard Walz, may not seem extraordinarily blog-worthy, but I have had the pleasure of reading it aloud the many children, and it's always a hit. One day Elmo is walking home, singing the alphabet song, when he runs into his friend Big Bird who suggests they play their alphabet game: thinking up their favorite words that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Elmo picks "airplane" for his favorite "a" word, and imagines himself as a pilot, flying high is the sky. Big Bird picks "boat" for his favorite "b" word and imagines himself in a kayak on a peaceful stream. This book offers many opportunities for children to act out what Elmo and Big Bird do on each page, while familiarizing them with the letters of the alphabet!

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