In this wordless picture book, author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover the letters of the alphabet in a city landscape. Johnson’s paintings reflect cityscape elements that form capital letters.
Can you find the letters E, P, and T?
This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it encourages readers to look at the world in a different way while learning through discovery.
TITLE: Alphabet City
AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson
ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson
PUBLISHER: Viking, 1995
AGE GROUP: 4-6
TOPIC(S): alphabet, city, wordless
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective
1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood, searching for the alphabet letters. Sketch each letter you discovered to make your own alphabet book.
2) Pick a letter. Camouflage your letter inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your letter.
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