Once Upon an Alphabet

Once upon an alphabet is a cleverly written book, letter to letter- Literally. A silly, whimsical compilation of short stories that span all 26 letters of the alphabet. The author plays with words and themes and collectively pairs them with attractive pictures, creating a solid platform for imagination. It’s an ABC book that keeps the reader on their toes, full of possibilities, never knowing what adventure the next letter will bring.

Jeffers, O. (2014). Once upon an alphabet. New York. Philomel Books.

Evaluative Criteria: Style

  • Once upon an alphabet is a very uniquely told story written using many literary devices. There are stories with lessons to be learned, stories that rhyme, stories that require the reader to refer back to previous letters, and stories that foreshadow plots in the letters to come. The stories are all different, but sewn together by theme and references for a complete picture.

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