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Charlotte Reads: Bouncing, Dancing, Galloping ABC

Click on the title of this post to hear Charlotte reading one of our favorite ABC books.

We originally picked up The Bouncing Dancing Galloping ABC at the library for one reason–the author’s name is Charlotte Doyle. For a long time, Charlotte referred to it as the Charlotte book.

Now she knows it by heart. Occasionally during the day she’ll refer to it by acting it out. For instance: Charlotte will spin, get dizzy, and fall down, declaring, “Charlotte dropped herself.” Why? Because “D is for dancing and dizzy and drop,” of course.

I like this book for its original take on the alphabet. This alphabet is packed with action, with all the letters illustrated by verbs. The rhyme is light-handed, but catchy enough to remember. We can recite this alphabet all day long. (And, yeah, we do!). Julia Gorton’s illustrations are colorful, playful, and simply full.

This book truly celebrates the alphabet. What a great way to start reading!