Alpha Goes Urban

Alphabet City

Just so you know upfront… there aren’t any words between the covers.  It’s an alphabet book.

Stephen T. Johnson’s letters are cleverly and sometimes cryptically painted into the cityscape. As some of my students have never left our community before, these images resonate with their real life experiences.

I read this to my class Thursday. They absolutely loved the hunt for the letters that were more difficult to “see”.  But, they are in alphabetical order. So I skipped pages to mix it up, and then jumped back and forth. It made a game out finding the correct letters; and they ate it up.

Yesterday Alphabet City was consistently the first book snatched off the bookshelf and crowded around.  Mission accomplished.

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