Dr. Suess's ABC (Beginner Books)

by Dr. Seuss

Hardcover, 1963



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Random House (1963), Grolier Book Club Edition, 63 pages


Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Poetry. HTML:Arguably the most entertaining alphabet book ever written, this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss is perfect for children learning their ABCs. Featuring a fantastic cast of zany characters??from Aunt Annie??s alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, with a lazy lion licking a lollipop and an ostrich oiling an orange owl??Dr. Seuss??s ABC is a must-have for every young child??s library. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to

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LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
This is a good alphabet book with gobs of alliteration and kids with funny names, but I have to admit it's shaken my smug Canadian faith in the superiority of zed over zee. At the end there's a recap of all the letters gone by, and you read them out and turn the page on a cliffhanger, and after bee
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cee ee gee pee tee vee, of course Emmett yells out "ZEE!!!!" and I had to tell him it was zed and it was kind of a letdown really.
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LibraryThing member gbill
There was a time in my life that I could recite this book by heart. When after reading each page, I would mention a part of the accompanying illustration, and a dimpled little hand would reach out and point at it. When the sounds of letters from that little person would start with “sss” for S
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and a recognition of “O” as the same shape as the little bits of Cheery-O’s cereal.

Geisel’s imagination is on full display here, and what a wonderfully wacky way to learn the alphabet, especially compared with the more traditional books which preceded him. C’mon. “O is very useful. You use it when you say: ‘Oscar’s only ostrich oiled an orange owl today.’” How can you not love this book?
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LibraryThing member klc400
This book is a great book for introducing letters. Children will love reading this and learning their letters! The pictures are also fun and catch children's eyes. A great book and it also comes as a board book as well!
LibraryThing member ah932109
Summary: Dr. Seuss books are always fun to read. This book is good to help teach young children their alphabet. The illustrations are colorful.

Personal Reaction: I would use this book to teach children in Pre-K or Kindergarden their ABC's. Dr. Seuss books are always fun to read, are full of
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colorful pages and silly characters. Children love to sit still and listen to Dr. Seuss books.

Extension Ideas:
1) Have students color the letter of the week. For example: Letter M
2) Have students draw pictures of things or animals that have the letter M at the beginning. Examples: Monkey, Moon, Moose, Mice
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LibraryThing member Mistin
Great book for beginner readers. This is an alphabet book that begins ,"Big A liite a", and so on... I love how after each introduction of the letter, they give words that tie in the letter in which it represents in the alphabet!
LibraryThing member annajamieson
Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! is a great alphabet book for children. It is very colorful and fun, and it is filled with rhyming lines like most of Dr. Seuss's works. This would be a great book for children to read when they are beginning to learn how to read because they can focus on
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words that begin with certain letters. It is also a great book to help children who are learning their alphabet. It is a good choice for an alphabet book!
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LibraryThing member katemccormick2011
I love any Dr. Seuss book, but especially this one! It is such a fun, upbeat way for children to learn their alphabet. The illustrations are strange but so creative and colorful. Like all of Dr. Seuss books this one rhymes, which makes it even more entertaining to introduce letters to children! It
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would be fun to have students pick a letter of the alphabet and list their favorite things that start with that letter and present it to their peers. I adore this book and will not only read it to my students in the future, but my children as well.
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LibraryThing member kscarlett
This is a great, fun, creative book for young children to teach them their ABC's!
LibraryThing member sarah_walker
"Dr. Seuss's ABC" is a unique take on the Alphabet song. The book can be read to the tune of "ABCS" and incorporates a great cast of characters. Readers will be introduced to Little Lola Lopp, Nixie Knox, and of course, Rosy Ross who owns a red rhinoceros while learning the alphabet.

While many
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Seuss books reveal a deep, underlying truth, this book is all fun and games. The humorous tone is present throughout. The sometimes tongue twisting language will keep readers of all ages wondering, "What begins with 'A'?"

In a class, I would assign a letter to each one my students and have them create their own verse. We would then perform their version in front of other classes. The students could act out their version or the original version. Each student would have a part in the production. Older children could include makeshift sets, costumes, and props.
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LibraryThing member paraespanol
This book was full of adjectives and a few nouns for each alphabet letter. Dr. Seuss' various characters were depicted on each page.
LibraryThing member ksimpson
Anything Dr. Seuss is great in my opinion. This particular one is all about the alphabet. It takes you through all the letters and illustrates the sounds they make with the wonderfully wacky made up objects or people or animals from the world that is Dr. Seuss.

This is a pretty cute little book and
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a nice break from the normal A is for apple kind of book. It's not the book that leaves you wanting to read the whole thing over again but it is a good little alphabet book.

You could use this book to talk about poems and use it as an example for kids to write their own poems. It also is good to get kids thinking outside the box. A does NOT have to stand for apple.
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LibraryThing member PigOfHappiness
If you've ever played (or watched your children play) the CD game version of this, then you know that it has a lot more to look at and read about than the book, however, the book is a classic. A wonderfully fun way to learn about the ABC's. Appropriate for all ages :-)
LibraryThing member ht107821
This is a great story in helping children learn their A B C.
Just like any Dr. Seuss Book we read it hads rythem and ryhmn in it. Children will love to use this book in order to get to know the Alphabet. It really does not have a certain plot, or charecter or a setting.
In extention ideas I might
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have the children make up their own words that relate to the alphabet. As in A - Apple, B -Bat. In this collection of words the class might make up their own book.
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LibraryThing member lindsaygits1
The Classic Dr. Seuss style in an alphabet book. Camels on the celing and funny little rymes. A great alphabet book for the Dr. Seuss lover, the classic drawings will help children make connections between Dr. Suess chracters.
LibraryThing member sdglenn
This book is for grades k-2. It can help kids learn the ABC's. In the classroo we could relate pictures to he alphabets.
LibraryThing member conuly
This is not a great early reader, but it is a fun readaloud for those learning the alphabet.

You know the format of abecedarians. Each letter is illustrated with a rhyme - it might be a sentence describing the scene (Silly Sammy Slick sipped six sodas and got sick sick sick) or a list of various
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items in the picture that start with the letter (Big N, little n, what begins with those? Nine new neckties, and a nightshirt, and a nose).

Very typically Seussian, really great read-aloud - neither too long nor too short.

Please note that I do not recommend the board book. They arbitrarily edited some of the rhymes (never for the better), and anyway, it's poorly constructed and likely to fall apart. Just get the real book. You'll thank me later.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
A fun alphabet book with silly rhymes. Good for kids learning their abc's.
LibraryThing member psjones
I love this book!! It was one of my favorites as a child.
LibraryThing member MrzDee
In this Dr. Seuss book children learn big letters,little letters,rhyming words, and the ABC's. Dr. Seuss is known for his crazy characters and lots of colors.
This book I believe is great for the beginning reader. My children loved it when they were in pre-school and even before.
Children can play a
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game of rhyming words that start with any letter throwing a ball to one another to see how many words they can come up with. Also, children can list how many words they can come up with on paper and the winner can choose the next letter.
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LibraryThing member inglesby
I read this book because I just love to read any Dr. Seuss book. Every page is filled with funny animals and great big letters to help you learn the alphabet.
LibraryThing member aswideman
Dr. Suess A B C helps youngers students with their ABC's. It allows them to understand the letters better.
LibraryThing member mercedesromero
This book helps children with their alphabet and it's silly so children laugh at it while learning!
LibraryThing member djmeyers
Dr. Seuss's wacky style has always been an attraction for me. This book is full of nonsensical creatures to go along with the creative rhymes on each page. Learning the alphabet is a big deal to young children, so both memorizing the 'ABC' song and seeing the letters help to reinforce print and
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phonological awareness. Even though some of the words are nonsensical, it is helpful for new readers to see and hear that the words rhyme as well as hearing the primary letter sound being emphasized on each page.
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LibraryThing member leighanderson
This is an alphabet book. It keeps children engaged because of all of the quirky Dr. Seuss humor in it. Use with kindergarteners.
LibraryThing member ashtonrice
wonderful book that helps children with their letters and the alphabet!


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