My sister Elizabeth had our names for Christmas. Along with two of my favorite movies and a new Tyler Florence cookbook, she sent an alphabet book that is absolutely TDF (to die for). A Child's Day: An Alphabet of Play by Ida Pearle is a simple alphabet book with two characteristics that distinguish it from all the other scads of alphabet books.
#1. Pearle's cut-paper collages are absolutely gorgeous. I've told you before--collage is hands down my favorite medium--so naturally I love this book. (Ida Pearle is an artist by trade. This is actually her first book. Go here to see more about her and her beautiful artwork.)
#2. Alphabet books filled with 26 nouns are a dime a dozen. In this book, Pearle uses verbs. BRILLIANT. So J is Jump, L is Listen, I is Ice skate. And each one is illustrated by a child in that action.
This is the first book I've been super excited about in a long time. I love to read it to Blaine over and over because I am so enchanted with each simple yet detailed illustration. I hope you will love it as much as I do!