Tomorrow's Alphabet

Tomorrow's Alphabet

Paperback(Revised ed.)

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A is for seed, B is for eggs, C is for milk — what's going on here? The seed is tomorrows Apple, the eggs are tomorrows Birds, the milk is tomorrows Cheese! Explore a wonderful world of possibility with an imaginative alphabet puzzle that encouraged young readers to look beyond the obvious.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688164249
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/1999
Series: Mulberry Books
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 355,684
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

George Shannon is a popular storyteller and former children's librarian whose many notable picture books include Tomorrow's Alphabet, Lizard's Guest, and White Is for Blueberry. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!, illustrated by Laura Dronzek, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. George Shannon lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

Customer Reviews

Tomorrow's Alphabet 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
karenamorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anno¿s Alphabet: An Adventure in Imagination and George Shannon¿s Tomorrow¿s Alphabet are two distinct types of alphabet books. Anno¿s book, at first glance, is a beautifully illustrated simple word-picture alphabet book, whereas Shannon¿s book includes a riddle component. Anno depicts each letter as if fashioned out of wood, with images of woodworking tools appearing in the opening pages preceding the title page. In each image that represents a letter (i.e., a kangaroo for the letter ¿K¿), there is at least a wooden detail within the object pictured. But if one looks closely at the intricate monochromatic borders that decorate each page, one can find at least one object that also begins with that letter, and sometimes more (on the ¿K¿ page there is a king, key, knife and knot ¿hidden¿ inside the border). The fine, detailed handling of letters, borders and representational images are quite appealing. A key at the end notes all the objects hidden in the borders. A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (Picture Book) 1975. Preschool-7 (for the hidden imagery).In comparison, Tomorrow¿s Alphabet requires the reader to predict what each letter stands for, based on a given clue. For example, ¿A is for seed¿ is followed by ¿tomorrow¿s apple.¿ The letter is always the same color the alphabetically matched word (¿A¿ and the word ¿apple,¿ etc.), to further clarify the connection. It¿s an engaging concept, and I have successfully used this book for kindergartners and first graders. First graders are a perfect target grade. However, some pairs are too obscure (¿F is for wheat¿tomorrow¿s flour¿) and the book¿s layout is problematic. Both set-up (¿D is for puppy¿ and answer (¿tomorrow¿s dog¿) are on the same 2-page spread, so I have had to bend back half the book to not display the answer when posing the challenge. Donald Crews¿ illustrations are mostly clear and adequate. No awards could be found.Anno, M. (1975). Anno's alphabet: An adventure in imagination. New York: Crowell.Shannon, G., & Crews, D. (1995). Tomorrow's alphabet. New York: Greenwillow Books.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is probably a little advanced for kids who are still trying to figure out A = apple, b = ball, c = cat. (Or maybe not. Sometimes children surprise you!) Instead of a being for apple, it's for seed - TOMORROW'S apple. H is for yarn - TOMORROW'S hat. So kids have to think a little bit about each example.Still, even with the slightly novel approach, the book is pretty straightforward. Example and tomorrow example are given on opposite pages of the same spread (so you can see the answer before you guess it, if you like), and the language follows a careful pattern: $LETTER is for $NOUN, tomorrow's $OTHER NOUN.The artwork is well-done and - in a little touch I'm *very happy with* - it's inclusive. There are six people shown in this book (well, two people, one person on a raisin box, two sets of hands, and a foot) and these people (and hands and foot) come in a variety of skin tones. Just like the children reading this book do. If you don't spend your time trying to find books with people that look like your own loved ones, or like your own students, you probably don't know what a big deal this is. But it IS. Children deserve to see themselves reflected in their books. Not all the time, but at least SOMEtimes.
lmaddux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
kids in all grades can make own books on different subjects, - biography eg New York, Ellen White