When I taught first grade, I loved using Gerorge Shannon's Tomorrow's Alphabet with my students. After looking at several kinds of alphabet books, this one offered a new twist. The children really had to think about and guess the picture that matched each letter. It was an engaging alphabet puzzle. The first few lines read:
A is for seed..., tomorrow's apple.
B is for eggs..., tomorrow's birds.
C is for milk..., tomorrow's cheese.
Yesterday my son recieved this beautiful picture book for his second birthday. I didn't immediately recognize George Shannon as the author, but as soon as we started reading White is for Blueberry , I was reminded of Tomorrow's Alphabet. Each page is a color riddle accompanied by the rich, colorful illustrations of Laura Dronzek. The first pages reads, " PINK is for crow...when it has just hatched from it's egg." One of my favorite pages is," PURPLE is for snow...when the snow is the shadow of us." Earlier this winter, my four-year old daughter noticed her own purple shadow on the snow. This was a great connection for her. I will definitely read this book to my second graders and see if they can solve each clever riddle before we turn the page.