This extraordinary alphabet book — starring a wide range of fish and animals from freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds around the world — offers a fun way to engage the curiosity of young ones. Beginning with Amazon River dolphins and American eels, the book introduces readers to such fascinating creatures as dirt-eater fish, ice worms, quillbacks, and more. There's even a page for the Loch Ness Monster, which may or may not exist. Every letter gets its own special animal, fun facts about the creature, and a beautifully realistic illustration. Children need lots of practice in order to recognize the different shapes of letters and to connect them with the sounds they make. Books that combine engaging material with the alphabet review kids need are a great way to get them ready for reading and learning.