Painted ABCs

Children - Concept
30 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2013
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Author Biography

Once upon a time in England there was a Kiwi girl. She was unsatisfied with her job peeling onions at a factory in Norfolk and yearned for a better life were she could harness her untapped artistic potential and unleash all her pent up rhymes. One day when she realized she had no tears left to cry for the onions she packed up and moved to Spain, fell in love with a handsome Systems Administrator, had two kids, became a children's author and lived happily ever after.

Born in New Zealand, currently lives and works in Spain.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

"Alphabeti-cool" by Rebecca Bielawski has taken alphabet books to a new level, by incorporating both the upper and lower case letters on each page. Seeing it on these pages makes me wonder why EVERY alphabet book doesn't do this? Kids have to learn more than just the upper case letters, but that seems to be all that virtually every alphabet book covers. In addition to adding another layer of learning to this book, the author has obtained the services of a superb illustrator for a children's book such as this, although I was unable to find that person's name on my Kindle version. Along with the very entertaining illustrations, the author has used words on almost every page, which start with the upper case, along with words which start with the lower case. For example, the "A" page has a picture of an asteroid with Saturn and several stars in the background. The text says simply: "Amazing asteroid", which enables kids to see both cases in use, thereby learning that "A" and "a" are the same letter, in spite of their different appearances. Some pages are more verbose. "B", for example, states: "Brown bats with big bellies" under a cute drawing of a couple of portly bats.

I am way beyond needing to learn the alphabet. Nevertheless, I really got a kick out of reading this book. It is exemplary in its approach to teaching young children the alphabet. It is a must-have addition to your young child's library. "Alphabeti-cool" is awesome!