Hide and Seek Alphabet

With Australian Animals

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/24/2022
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

Hide and Seek Alphabet: With Australian Animals by Anna Finch introduces young readers to many animals found in Australia. From birds to amphibians and mammals, we are acquainted with many new creatures that live on the continent. Some are well-known, while others are less familiar. Each creature in the book is searching for its family and babies. The main question is where is everyone hiding?

Hide and Seek Alphabet had me Googling regularly because there were so many animals that I as an adult haven’t ever heard of. I think it’s amazing that the author mentions all these new and endangered creatures to a young audience while teaching them the alphabet. It’s a great way to learn when the child can see things that represent each letter, whether that be an object, animal, or person. The one thing I have always loved about Australia is that it is home to some of the most unusual creatures in the world and this alphabet book showcases them brilliantly.

Not only does this book help with ABCs but also broadens the child’s vocabulary. The illustrations are beautiful and give a visual representation of each animal so even if you don’t recognize the name, you can see exactly what they look like. Anna Finch has done such a wonderful job with this book and I hope she shares more Australian wildlife with us again! It’s a book I will be recommending to my friends with children.

Philip Van Heusen

Alphabet books are a dime a dozen. However, Anna Finch has raised the bar in Hide and Seek Alphabet: With Australian Animals. When I was young, A is for Apple was fine. Today’s children want more. Using a different Australian animal for each letter is pure genius. Children in Australia might be used to sugar gliders, but American children may not be familiar with them. Using this book to help children learn the alphabet is fun and entertaining. Read this book with your child and help them learn about new animals. Anna not only uses different animals, but she also includes the sound they make. Then there is a page with each animal hidden. Children have the joy of finding the animals. As you read this book with your child, ask what other animal begins with the letter. Making various animal sounds, finding the hiding animals, and learning the alphabet together; what more could a child ask for?

Do you know what a honey possum is? How about a kookaburra? Maybe you are more into the platypus or velvet gecko. If you love animals, and who doesn’t, then you and your child will thrill as you read this new alphabet book. You will be excited to find the animals that are hiding. You and your child will have fun making the sounds of each animal. Hide and Seek Alphabet: With Australian Animals is so much fun to read; your child will return to it again and again even after they have mastered their letters. Did you know there is both a numbat and a wombat in Australia? Do they make the same sound? How are they similar, and how are they different? You and your child can do so much with this book that you will enjoy hours of together time.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Hide and Seek Alphabet: With Australian Animals by Anna Finch, illustrated by A.P. Gil, is an entertaining children’s picture book that familiarizes children and adults with Australian animals. In alphabetical order, we meet various animals from the continent like the Australian Raven, Budgerigar, Crocodile, Dingo, Emu, Frog, Galah, and many others. The animals are playing hide and seek, and some of them are looking for their family. The beautiful illustrations also help young readers identify the animals. We also learn the sounds that they make as well as their habitat. From A to Z, it’s fun to meet these Australian animals. Some are on land, and some are underwater. This book feels like an adventure through Australia while playing hide and seek with them.

As the title suggests, Anna Finch’s Hide and Seek Alphabet: With Australian Animals teaches children the alphabet by introducing the animals in alphabetical order. It’s a great way to learn the ABC with beautiful illustrations. Children can start appreciating the environment by getting to know these animals and become nature lovers when they grow up too. The text is easy to read, and the colors are visually pleasing. I discovered lots of animals I don’t know in this book such as the Budgerigar, Galah, Ibis, and Kookaburra, to mention a few. It would certainly be a lot of fun to learn the sounds these animals make with your kids. Reading Hide and Seek Alphabet to children should be an enjoyable learning experience!