From Letter to Letter
written and illustrated by Teri Sloat
New York Times Best Picture Book
New York Times: Witty and challenging, but
not beyond children
School Library Journal: An attractive alphabet
book that succeeds admirably at presenting both capital and lower-case
letters on each page in a way that will intrigue young viewers.
this is a delight. The
are full of charming detail; the links between
upper and lower-case letters on each page are especially creative
Booklist: A rich but quiet lesson for independent
browsers or children sharing this with adults.
About the Book
When my son, Matt, was 2, we bought him a set of sheets
that had the alphabet in large letters as a design. Inside each
of the letters were objects that started with that letter. At night
we would look at the sheets and name as many things as we could
that were in the pictures.
The sheets gave me an idea and when our friends started
having children, I made posters of their baby's names in big letters
and put rows of things that started with that letter inside. By
the time Matt, Amy, Carrie, Jennifer, Julianna, Jessica, Sam, and
Steven were put into posters, I had most of the letters of the alphabet.
You know how that goesthat gave me an idea for a book!
In each illustration, something extends from the upper
case letter to make the scene around the lower case letter. I had
fun making the scenes and you can do what I did. I went through
the dictionary and made lists of things that went together and chose
which list I thought made the best scene.
For the B page, I chose bear, blackberry and bees,
because I like to draw bears so much, but I could have made a bakery
from the list that had bread, baker, bakery, buns, and bowl and
connected the letters with a train of bread pans on a conveyor belt.
For the C page, I could have had cars driving to the city with cabs.