Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types

For the start of the year, the start of reading:
Alphabet animals of a different type.
Each traditional animal (alligator to zebra)
is made out of its starting letter.
Each is a different typeface.
From Giddyup to Extended Egyptian,
the writers explain and exploit the merits
of each, "A typeface is like a family."
The typeface idea makes for an oddly
sophisticated alphabet focusing on something 
readers usually overlook-the wonderfully
differing shapes of types 
"An E can be easygoing." 
"The uppercase Q is quietly sticking 
out its tongue."
While the pages have more words
and ideas than I usually think works
for most kids with autism, the pictures
are large and clear, the fish clearly a fish, 
the jumping kangaroo absolutely a kangaroo.
The additional pictures of additional alphabet
words are also clear and often funny.
The book promotes interactivity with large 
light liftable flaps much easier to use than 
the usual little sticky cardboard flaps. 
Kid reviews "I just like looking at the animals."
"I mean how the animals are created. Do they look funny?
I remember alligator, bat, camel, I think there was a dog . . .
maybe there was a lion in it. I remember an Xenops. I 
lifted the grass flap and I lifted the water flap and I don't 
know what else."
An Alphabeastie board book is also available if your kid
is still tearing things, and even Alphabeastie flash cards. 
Alphabeasties by Sharon Werner and Sharon Forss

No comments:

Post a Comment