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Summary: Bright colors, and large silhouettes celebrate the circus experience as you "walk" through the alphabet. This is an alphabet board book with a circus theme.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The bright colors and simple illustrations (read: not overly busy) grabbed me right away. I love the use of silhouettes to enhance the main object. You'll find all of the traditional circus elements, but not necessarily where you expect (C is NOT for clown). I also liked that most of the words/objects had two syllables, which will help expand a young listener's vocabulary.
Pros: Bright colors and lots of shapes add to this alphabet book set at the surface.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an alphabet book with lots of utility for toddlers and preschoolers. You've got letters, alliteration, sight words, colors, patterns, and shapes.
Educational Themes: This is primarily an alphabet book, but it would make a great primer if you're helping a child get ready for his/her first circus experience. The illustration style, with lots of shapes, also add the opportunity for finding different shapes in the world around us. You can explore colors, object identification, and even patterns.
Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. asked the publisher for the opportunity to review a PDF version of this title via NetGalley.com. The request was for the purpose of reviewing the book.