The Skull Alphabet Book (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/7/1
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Riddle me this: what animal beginning with 'L' has binocular vision and is a predator?
THE SKULL ALPHABET BOOK makes young readers use their brains. Children learn simple facts and hone their critical thinking skills as they deduce the identity of 26 different animals arranged in alphabetical order.
Incredibly rich, realistic, and inventive oil paintings by Ralph Masiello lay a trail of clever clues to the identity of the animals represented only by their skulls. Look even closer and find hidden in the unique settings portraits of 43 of the presidents of the United States.
Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction. His books combine interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations that mesmerize children everywhere.
The prose style was not always to my taste. Occasionally the prose reminded me of the condescending tone common to Permabound educational children's books from the 1950s-1970s. The bonus "find the Presidential portraits" feature seems ill-advised to me. Every time a new President is elected, this edition of the book will further date itself.
Overall I think this book is appealing and interesting.