Mitsumasa, Anna, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York. Anno’s Alphabet? is something quite different. At first when I read this book, I thought, “Anvil? What child is going to identify with an anvil?” But when I slowed down and looked carefully, I began to notice things like the borders (each page is different and intricately drawn), and then the differences in the letters themselves. I had thought this book was more for art students than children initially, but then I thought about The Little Prince and realized, if Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is correct, children will notice all that the artist has done in this fascinating alphabet book and it will encourage their own creativity. Mitsumasa’s talent and imagination are outstanding.