Kelly Molthrop is only 12, but clearly remembers what it was like to master the alphabet. Her parents collected at least 20 alphabet books while raising four children; the majority of those books were uninspiring. Several years ago, her dad Chip, a physician, wrote a poem for Kelly about 26 sick animals - A through Z - visiting the veterinarian. Kelly crayoned drawings and the outcome was a colorful and imaginative ABC book for kids trying to learn the alphabet.
“There are thousands of books to learn the ABCs,” said Chip Molthrop. “But maybe we can make one that will interest adults.”
Over three years, father and daughter reworked the text and illustrations. “She put together their actions and personalities,” said the proud dad. The result is an entertaining yet informative little book that not only helps children recall the sounds associated with letters, but stimulates imagination and expands vocabularies.
Kelly commented that it was difficult to identify an animal with a name beginning with “u.”
Curing illnesses comes naturally to Chip Molthrop, but when the hamster’s heartache shows and the vulture veers with vertigo, kids’ curiosity will inevitably be aroused. The text includes words adults might still have to research, and some of the quips, such as the zebra zapping his stripes at the laser spa, won’t be understood by the kids for many years
From dingos to gerbils, koalas to quetzals, parents will have plenty of explaining to do, much to their children’s amusement.
Any child who loves animals will enjoy this little book. Kelly has ambitions of becoming a veterinarian, so creating this book was her first step in that direction.
“The ABC Animal Hospital” is available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.