An Alphabet Pet Parade in Topsy-Turvy Town, Population 26
When Zoe Z. Zany gets permission from her grandpa, Yulee Y. Young, to get a pet, she attends the Topsy-Turvy Town Alphabet Pet Parade and is smitten with a mischievous black-and-white critter creating an increasing amount of chaos. Zoe is sure that this animal is her dream pet, so she hops on her bike and a wild chase ensues, scattering the unusual townspeople and their unconventional pets all over Topsy-Turvy Town.
Literacy expert Judith E. Torres, MA, CCC-SLP, has created this captivating alphabet book inspired by the actual annual Pet Parade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Children will love exploring the detail in the illustrations and hunting for Zoe’s new pet. Parents, speech-language pathologists, and educators can use the book to teach language and literacy concepts such as phonemic awareness, letter names and sounds, opposites, animal vocabulary, verbs, pronouns, and story prediction. The story is supplemented with further discussion materials, including a glossary of animals and educational prompts.
36 pages, hardcover
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Winner of a 2022 AM&P Network EXCEL Award — Bronze
"A charming, challenging, imaginative alphabet book; will induce giggles.” Read the full review here
"As Christiane Engel’s illustrations of the menagerie march across each page, from A to Z, Torres’s nimble wordplay toys with the readers’ expectations … Torres, who was inspired by her childhood memories of the annual Children’s Pet Parade in her hometown of Santa Fe, has penned a vocabulary-expanding abecedary with New Mexico flavor."
-New Mexico Magazine
“An Alphabet Pet Parade is a delightfully daffy stroll through the bestiary. Sure to delight young readers learning their alphabet.”
-Bruce Hale, author of Clark the Shark