Pigs From A to Z by Arthur Geisert.
Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston 1986.

Overwhelmingly, the attraction of this alphabet book is the etched illustrations. They are amazingly detailed and textured, with quite the story to tell. The pigs are an extension from a previous book, Pa's Balloon and Other Pig Tales, which I now need to read.

The text is understated, though it is in the form of a traditional alphabet book (A is for _) with some emphasis on phonetics. The sentences are simple, though not simplistic to the point of being kindergarten only. The story takes precedence. I like that there is a story that each letter and illustration work towards; namely, the building of the treehouse, in an over the top sort of way.

I can see that another appeal would be the hidden letters and pigs on each page. Finding them lead the readers to other interesting details. Some are difficult to find, and some that I thought were letters were not counted. So, you may want to make use of the guide in back, if stumped or if you need to know if you are correct.

Anyway, it's a fun book, and I wish I'd known about it when my kids were of the picture book age.

related-alphabet, ABCs, pigs, animals in stories, treehouses, construction
RL=K-1st, read aloud with toddlers-K

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