The Hidden Alphabet

The Hidden Alphabet

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


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Open this unusual book and you'll be greeted by a striking image of an arrowhead, surrounded by a simple black frame. Lift the frame and the arrowhead will be magically transformed into the letter A. And so it goes, from Balloons, Cloud, and Door, through Leaf and Mice, to Yolk and Zipper. Bold distinctive images and a simple yet ingenious format make this a concept book, and a gift book, to treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761319412
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 08/05/2003
Edition description: REV
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.76(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range: 2 - 6 Years

About the Author

Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg and Dog and Bear, among others.

Raised on Long Island, New York, Seeger began drawing at two years old and never stopped. For as long as she remembers, she wanted to write picture books. She received her B.F.A. degree at the School of Fine Art and Design at SUNY Purchase in Westchester, New York, and then moved to Manhattan, where she worked as an animator, artist, and editor in the network television business.

Seeger lives in Rockville Centre, Long Island, with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper. She loves painting, surfing, tennis, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. She takes long walks at the beach every day and paints in her studio every night.

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The Hidden Alphabet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Chris-86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like this very original idea but feel that a couple of the letters let it down - Q for quotation mark... what child who reads alphabet books is going to understand what a quotation mark is? The concept is too advanced for the readership. I don't like 'I' much either - ink blot is not really something children of today would relate to, nor does the letter look much like an 'I". However, most of the other letters are very well done and the lift-the-flap pages add interest.
smilz23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Black pages with lift up boxes reveal fun artwork for the alphabet. One letter per page is assigned to a common object disguised in the shape of a letter. Contrast of Black pages with colorful artwork is great to look at.Classroom connection: Art classes could use this to discuss contrast between black and colors. A fun way to introduce children to the alphabet and common words. Easily used in pre-k through 3rd grade.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another useful book for reinforcing the alphabet via a nifty gimmick. In this case, lifting the flap reveals not only the letter, but also the rest of the picture.
ShalaHowell More than 1 year ago
Laura Seeger's The Hidden Alphabet is a work of art posing as an alphabet book. Black lift-up flaps frame stunningly simple images of birds, mice, eggs, even quotation marks-setting these rather humble, everyday objects up as works of art in their own right. Lift the flaps and the objects reveal themselves to be a notch in a K, the hole in an R, or the curve of an S. The book's only text is the name of the objects in the black frame. The result is a blend of short, unimposing text and familiar images that encourages my daughter to try sounding out the words on her own. That said, if you ask my 4 year old daughter, she'll tell you she doesn't like this book because there is too much black on the cover. And in fact, she will never pick this book up off the shelf for herself (I have about 6 months of anecdotal data to prove this). At the same time, when we read this book this week, she was fully engaged, lifting the flaps, sounding out words, and critiquing the artist's rendition of the various letters. Even if this book left my daughter completely cold, I would still pull it out to read with her on occasion because the illustrations are that good. At one point, my daughter turned the page and said, "Wow." I say "wow" on nearly every page. This book is a visual feast. So why didn't I give it a 5? The cover. We have an early edition of the book that uses a solid black sheet with boxes stamped out of it through which the letters of the title appear. Although my adult self understands completely and fully endorses the genius of this book's cover, the nearly unrelenting black keeps my daughter from ever picking up this book on her own. And that's a problem. Based on this listing, it looks like they've changed the cover for the more recent editions. Perhaps my daughter isn't the only child who doesn't want to read a book draped in all that black. (Review originally posted at my blog: Caterpickles -- Scientific & Linguistic Engagement with a 4 Year Old Mind)
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful, captivating book. The black pages showing only a small peek at the picture below inspire curiosity and excitement for when you lift the page and see the beautiful artwork of that letter underneath. Very clever and very well done - a real delight to look at, definitely well above your standard children's book. My 2-year old nephew really likes it and is starting to learn his letters because he enjoys it, even though it's rated for older kids.