Monday, July 09, 2018

Floral Frenzy: Mrs. Peanuckle's Flower Alphabet by Jessie Ford

Say it with flowers!

Summer is in full swing and flowers are in full bloom. Preschoolers are learning their letters, so why not learn them in alphabetical order with
Mrs. Peanuckle's Flower Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet) (Macmillan, 2018).

In this cheerful board book, illustrated with just the right amount of detail by Jessie Ford, little abecedarians can meet twenty-six common flowers from asters to zinnias.

Several of the entries are fairly rare species, not found in the everyday garden. For example, orchids, brought to you by the letter O, exist in 28,000 varieties, while the bird of paradise bloom is, like its namesake, found in tropical zones. Echinachia is a favorite of the pollinators--bees, birds, and butterflies--and the aster, named from the Greek for their star shapes, are kind enough to bloom in autumn, when most of the rest are simply busy sowing seeds!

There are wild flowers, such as Queen Anne's Lace, that favorite of the waysides, and water lilies, which cleverly float on their leaves in waterways. There's the ubiquitous geranium, fond of pots, the showy dahlia, so "dah-ling!" and the sun-loving sunflower whose face follows the sun across the summer sky. Preschoolers can learn their letters and get a little botany lesson along the way in this alphabet book of blooms.

Other books in this series are Mrs. Peanuckle's Tree Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet), Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet) Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet), and Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet).

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