Book review: The ABC Animal Orchestra, by Donald Saaf

Saaf, Donald. The ABC Animal Orchestra. Christy Ottaviano Books, 2015. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9072-7. Unp. Ages 1-4. P7 Q8

Saaf ABC Animal OrchestraThe end papers are interesting and engaging as they depict different animals that are doing things to form the shape of first letter of their names. Each letter has several words and pictures for the letter it is representing. Some of the illustrations are a little busy and the animal’s eyes are a little big and wild. I think it is just another great resource for helping teach pre-school children the alphabet.

December 2015 review by Melinda Dye.

[Editor’s note: The alliterative text pairs an animal with a musical instrument or other noise-related term beginning with the same letter–for example, aardvark/accordion.  But, as the alphabet progresses, the author seems to have run out of musical terms and intermission comes into play.]


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