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ABC A Book of Crystals: An Alphabet Book by sisters Catherine Heaslip and Elizabeth Long is a visually appealing, educational children’s read. As the title suggests, it is intended to be used as a resource for teaching the alphabet. Unlike most editions I have seen in this genre that start with A is for apple, Heaslip and Long teach children that A is for amethyst. The sisters continue to introduce each letter of the alphabet as representative of a crystal, gem, or mineral that begins with the letter of focus. Their work is dedicated to all the future geologists of the world. Hence, they also include an introductory page explaining how the earth’s varying environmental conditions have fostered the growth of a myriad of crystals.
Catherine Heaslip and Elizabeth Long have specifically written ABC A Book of Crystals for children learning the alphabet. I believe that children will love the look of the story and the appealing font. Each page is color themed to match the color of the crystal being portrayed and each crystal is stunningly presented. My favorite crystal is turquoise. Learning the name of the various crystals will help expand the vocabulary of both children and their educators. I can see it being used by non-native English speakers learning the language. Even if you already know your alphabet, I highly recommend it due to its visual appeal.