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My first book of Letters {what we’re reading}

01/10/2013

This week’s what we’re reading is really all thanks to Kelle. I’d never come across Alain Gree’s books or illustrations before she shared his My first book of Vehicles, and I fell in love with his beautiful illustrations.

They have such a timeless charm about them, they’re not babyish or overly simplistic and the colours are rich and vibrant without being at all garish.

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I picked out My first book of letters by the spine alone but as soon as I turned it over I had that instant moment of “ah! That’s why I like it”. I didn’t put it back down.

Well there was only one on the shelf and who knows what serried ranks of toddlers with book tokens are about to descend on the Solihull Waterstones on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

And so it came home to join Elma’s library.

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My littlest girl isn’t quite up to sounding out her alphabet just yet, although if I could find a story book that was made up of “Da da da da!”, “Ma Ma Ma mamwa” and a lot of “ah bwa bwa bwa” I’d totally claim she was reading it!

But the pages are smooth and nice to pat, the pictures are good for pressing your nose to the page and staring at, and I’m reliably informed that it is most satisfactorily chewy!

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And her sister enjoys it too. Kitty’s always loved her numbers but wasn’t so fussed about the alphabet so we’ve been trying a little gentle learning by osmosis by adding alphabet books to her more regular diet of pirates and princesses. It’s only for fun, I don’t think I’m going to make much of a tiger mummy any time soon, and Kitty enjoys getting to do some of the reading with me.

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Alain Gree has chosen some lovely and different things for each letter; it’s A for Alligator not Apple, the ubiquitous Q for Queen has been changed for Q for Quiz (that’s what you get for the French Revolution), and the F for Frog in one of Kitty’s other books that made her so sad when she couldn’t claim J for Jellyfish as her own, has turned into a much more palatable F for Fire Engine.

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But most importantly, I is for Ice cream – and if that’s not an excuse to linger over the page and look pleadingly and persuasively at your mother, Kitty doesn’t know what is.

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Maggie Stone

I’ve still got at least half a bookshelf to talk about but I love hearing what everyone else is reading, so if you’ve got a really gem that you love please let me know, either in the comments or by joining in the linky.


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  • Katie @mummydaddyme 01/10/2013 at 4:52 pm

    Oh this is lovely, Kelle has such a great way of finding really beautiful illustration books. x

    • Carie 02/10/2013 at 4:48 pm

      Doesn’t she just – I want to know where her bookshop is!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 01/10/2013 at 8:49 pm

    What a lovely first alphabet book. I’ve added this to my wish list for my baby.

    • Carie 02/10/2013 at 4:49 pm

      Do, it’s really gorgeous – I think I love It as much as the girls!