Look Once, Look Twice
By Janet Perry Marshall
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780395716441, 64pp.)
Publication Date: March 1995
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In this unique and playful picture book, the striking patterns found on animals, plants, and other natural forms are used to create each letter of the alphabet. Readers must guess what each pattern comes from. On the right-hand page is the clue: the letter. On the left-hand page is the answer. The clues can be as obvious as a zebra-striped z and a rainbow r, or as subtle and surprising as an m-shaped close-up of a macaw's wing. With vibrant, graphic cut-paper illustrations, Janet Marshall has created a vivid reminder that even the simplest things around us are worth a second look.
"The layout is crisp, with one lowercase letter on each brightly colored page. Turning the page reveals the complete object or creature and its name in clear black text." School Library Journal