About Around the Alphabet: A New Way to Look at Letters Book by author Connie Major Williams
Around the Alphabet: A New Way to Look at Letters Book authored by Connie Major Williams is a unique and fun book for toddlers and preschoolers. Around the Alphabet assembles a creative arrangement and illustration of the letters in a word and conveys the meaning of the word itself.
- Author: Connie Major Williams
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Major for Minors Pub. Co (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Connie Major Williams has a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in learning disabilities from Eastern Michigan University. She taught special education, primarily reading, for eight years. She also has worked in publishing for many years, as a proofreader and editorial assistant, writer, graphic designer and illustrator.
“Around the Alphabet will delight readers of all ages. Each letter has its own unique way of grabbing the reader’s attention. You will find that it leaves you smiling and going back for more!” — Sarah Houle, Coordinator, Parents As Teachers Program, Chelsea, MI
“Fresh, creative and fun, this book is a blast. Color and design pop from every page, and the rhymes are good, too.” — Anne Valentine Martino, Ann Arbor News
“This is a very creative and original Alphabet Book! The B bounces, the H is huge, and the V vanishes in ways that will delight young children. I look forward to more books from Major for Minors.” — Betsy Baier, Librarian, Youth Department, Ann Arbor District Library
Love this book! (Especially for pre-reading set). It’s clear, colorful, and uses objects from child’s experience level. The use of nursery rhymes and “turned-on” words is very effective. It could be used in early primary classes for letter identification, recognition and sound review. Judy Matarazzo, 1st grade teacher, Haverstraw-Stony Point School District, New York
Everyone I’ve shown it to has thoroughly enjoyed it and related to a particular element, feeling or action depicted by the word. It pays tribute to so many of the wonders of childhood: sitting to paint, icicles clinging, feeling so tiny, sleeping amongst the stars, falling. The colors were soothing (L and W) and energizing (B and K), hot (M) and cold (I), adding to the actions and concepts of the words. Jackie Quirk, Day Care Director, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
It’s as intriguing as a video alphabet game. Somehow, the author/illustrator managed to get allof the sensens involved– no mean feat in the medium of the printed page. You can feel the texture of the lace, hear the crackle of the ice, see the wiggle in the worm. Little ones will want to experience it over and over again. Diane Geherin, Principal, Erickson Elementary School, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Ms. Williams combines artistry that evokes days gone by with her use of tried and true nursery rhymes illustrated with drawings reminiscent of the thirties, and hip drawing techniques of today where the words leap out to show the concept for such letters as “H” for Huge and “I for icy.” What fun! Great for pre-schoolers and beginning readers! Priscilla Milliman, first grade teacher.
This alphabet book for beginners offers something different: a size and shape-grabbing presentation which holds some simple surprises, such as a drippy ‘D,’ a growing ‘G,’ and an icy ‘I.’ Letters convey the meanings of the words they spell, while simple layout and one-word examples make it easy for kids to learn. The Midwest Book Review, Oregon, Wisconsin
This is a very creative and original alphabet book! The B bounces, the H is huge, and the V vanishes in ways that will delight young children. I look forward to more books from Major for Minors! Betsy Baier, Librarian, Youth Department, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Creative and innovative, a new look at words and letters. The letters seem alive, characterizing the actions of the words they’re portraying” D is drippy, G is growing, V is vanishing.” Jeannie Reardon, Program Coordinator, Bright Horizons (Child Care Center), Durham, NC
Around the Alphabet catches children’s attention with its sharp illustrations. It gives children a different way to look at the ABC’s– through the use of more “action words” for each letter. A wonderful book for the beginning of first grade. Bernadette Stolz, New York
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It’s darling. I’m anxious to read it to students. Ellen Chenier, Paraprofessional, Ypsilanti, Michigan
I found your book striking, imaginative and original. Michael J. Major, Writer, Anacortes, Washington.
My 5-year old daughter loves it! It is very interactive! Mary Wenson, Ypsilanti, Michigan