Sunday, March 2, 2008
Maya's a long way out from learning her A.B.C.'s, but I'd like to share with you my favorite alphabet book. Matthew A.B.C., by Peter Catalanotto, is perfect for kindergarten, since it deals with letters and is set in a classroom.
Mrs. Tuttle has twenty-five children in her classroom, and every one of them is named Matthew. How does she distinguish them? Well, fortunately each one's last name begins with a different letter, and each child happens to possess a unique character trait. You can probably tell where this is going.
Matthew A., who is hugging Mrs. Tuttle throughout the entire book, is affectionate. Matthew B. is covered in Band-Aids. Matthew C., whose hair spells different words like 'hello' and 'enjoy' throughout the book, has cowlicks. And so on to Matthew Y., who yodels.
Mrs. Tuttle has a new student today. Of course his name is Matthew, and of course he is covered in....
I'll let you guess.