11th June '16
I was introduced to this book when my younger brother was a child. It is extremely popular in the States, and for a good reason. This is one of the best alphabet books I've ever read (and I've seen quite a few). It tells the story of the lower case letters climbing the coconut tree, until they all fall off. They untangle themselves and go home. Until "a" sneaks out under the full moon...
The illustrations are simple, colorful, and appealing to children. But the rhythm, rhyming, and repetition are what makes this such a wonderful book. "Chicka chicka boom boom, will there be enough room?" There is also great use of nonsense words. "Skit scat scoodle doot, flip flop flee." This is a book that young children can start reciting along with, and it is a firm favorite in our house. There are board book and paper page versions that allow the book to grow with your child.
The only point that could be an issue is that it is an American book, and it relies on American pronunciations in a few places order for the rhyming to work. Examples: "zee," not "zed" and rhyming "aunts" with "pants" (which adds humor to some audiences). This is a book I tend to read aloud, because my British husband can struggle slightly with this. However, the book is so good that it's worth it. I have never met a child that doesn't enjoy this book, and it is one that can be enjoyed from infancy.