By Suse MacDonald
Bradbury Press, MacMillan Publishing, 1986
Caldecott Honor Book

I fell in love with this book as I studied each illustration that transforms a letter into a word beginning with that letter. On the cover you watch the letter J slowly turn into a jack-in-the-box.

Brilliantly done, it teaches children on many levels. They learn how things fit together, they learn to look for other ways something can be seen (perspectives), and they learn about the sound of the letter shown. Especially if you have a young one who likes to see how things work or has an artistic inclination, this will get them started at a very young age.

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