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Book Title: The Bird Alphabet Book|
ISBN 13: 9780881064575
The author of the book: Jerry Pallotta
Date of issue: February 1st 1989
Format files: PDF
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The Bird Alphabet Book, by Jerry Pallotta , illustrated by Edgar Stewart
Intended age group: 4-8 (Readers as young as 2 would also enjoy this book)
Description: An entertaining and educational alphabet book with beautiful illustrations and interesting facts about common and unusual birds.
This book serves a dual purpose. It teaches letters and reinforces the sounds that letters make at the beginning of words. It also builds vocabulary and contains many interesting and entertaining facts about birds. The detailed and naturalistic watercolors by Edgar Stewart are subtly beautiful but also appealing for young children. Clever tactics are used to hook children’s interest: Under the letter B, bats suddenly make an appearance but then are told to leave, while the distinction between birds and bats is explained. “Get out of this book, you bats! Now that that the bats are gone, let’s find a bird whose name begins with the letter B” and the story proceeds to the Blue-Footed Booby.
The Bird Alphabet book is part of a series of twenty similar alphabet books by Jerry Pallotta (with a variety of illustrators), and I was tempted to look for as many as I can find in the library, simply to learn more about animals, plants, dinosaurs and ecosystems in this pleasing way.
While searching (with some difficulty) through many databases for editorial reviews for this book, I noticed it has made its way onto various school science curricula, and an article by Mary Lickter in School Library Media Activities Monthly suggests activities around Jerry Pallotta’s alphabet books. The books are also recommended in How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, by Esme Raji Codell. It has also been praised by birdwatching magazines, for example Birder’s World, which is the only review quoted on Amazon.com. A Library Talk review on the back of the book praises the author’s ability to make science fun, but I was unable to find the full-text version. Perhaps one reason why it was difficult to find reviews of this book is that Pallotta’s many alphabet books are sometimes reviewed as a unit.
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Read information about the authorMy full name is Gerard Larry Pallotta but my mom always called me "Jerry". I was born on March 26, 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts. My mom's name is Mary, and she came from a family of ten children. My dad's name is Joe, and he came from a family of five children. My grandparents were immigrants of Italian descent. I have the nicest parents in the world. They have always been unselfish and ready to help me, even today. I have four brothers and two sisters: Joey, David, Andrew, Danny, Cindy and Mickey. I have seventy-two first cousins. When I was growing up, there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!
My family moved to Medford, Massachusetts when I was young. I went to elementary school at Mt. Trinity Academy, not far from where my publisher is located in Watertown, Massachusetts. I never wrote a book in elementary school, and we never kept journals. In the neighborhood where I grew up, almost every family had seven to nine children. I guess that you could say that there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!
I went to high school at Boston College High School, a Jesuit all-boys school in downtown Boston. The priests and other teachers were really wonderful. I played football and ran track. I had a great high school experience and I think later it made my studies in college much easier. My sons Neil and Eric graduated from Boston College High School in 2001 and 2003. Neil was named after a teacher I had, Fr. Neil Callahan, S.J. I never wrote a book in high school, and I never wrote for the school newspaper. I was too shy and was afraid of what other kids would think.
After high school I went to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I majored in business, a subject that would help me later in life when I decided to publish my first book. At Georgetown, I met my wife, Linda. In college I was an average student and was captain of the Georgetown University Rugby Team. I never wrote for the college newspaper, and I never imaged writing books. A couple of years later, Linda and I got married and I started to work at an insurance company in Boston. During the first six years of being married, we had four kids. It seemed like there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!
Today, we spend a lot of time with my 31 nieces and nephews...again...KIDS EVERYWHERE!
I learned valuable skills while talking to people, selling insurance and collecting money. When I came home from work, Linda would ask me to "read to the kids!" I loved reading to my kids and I learned to appreciate children's books. The first few books that we bought were alphabet books and counting books. "A" was always for Apple and "Z" was always for Zebra. One day I decided, "Hey, I can do this!" I had an idea. I would write an alphabet book about the Atlantic Ocean. I spent every summer at Peggotty Beach in Scituate, Massachusetts. I have great memories of lobstering, fishing, mossing, clamming and rowing in my dory.
My first book was written in 1985 when I was 32 years old. I came up with the idea, wrote it, designed it, researched it, edited it and my cousin, Frank Mazzola, Jr. illustrated it. I published it myself under the name of Peggotty Beach Books. What fun! It was first printed on July 7, 1986. I'll never forget that day. The book eventually became the #1 best selling book at the New England Aquarium. I was afraid that only my mother would like it. Teachers and kids told me they really liked my book.
While speaking in schools, teachers also told me they were looking for simple non-fiction nature books. It gave me the confidence to write more. My next book, "The Icky Bug Alphabet Book", has sold more than 1 million copies. My third book, "The Bird Alphabet Book" was voted one of the best books of the year by Birders World Magazine. I now have over twenty alphabet books. My goal has always been to write interesting, fact-filled, fun to read, beautifully illustrated color children's books. Thank you to all my illustrators: Ralph Masiello, Frank Mazzola, Jr., Rob Bolster, Edgar Stewart, Leslie
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