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Since alphabet books are usually entertaining, as well as colorful, they continue to be favorites of young children. Teachers select them to develop language and to teach sound-symbol relationships. Illustrators and authors of alphabet books, however, continue to violate the criteria for these books established by Huck and Kuhn. According to Huck and Kuhn, a good alphabet book should have: 1. One or two easily identifiable objects--objects meaningful for the age level of the child for whom the book was written--should be presented on a page. 2. Objects such as rabbit, having several correct names, should be avoided. 3. The common sounds of the letters rather than the blends, digraphs, and silent letters should be utilized.

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