Perfect Picture Book Friday – May The Fourth Be With You

Today is May 4th. What’s so special about that, you ask?

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday (PPBF). It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because today is May 4th (International Star Wars Day) and it is a cool book.


Star Wars A B C

Author: Amazon has it listed as Scholastic and I don’t see anything about the author on/in the book *shrug*

26 pages (board book) – ages 2+

Publisher: Cartwheel Books on July 1, 2010



Theme/Topic – ABCs/Star Wars 

Opening and Synopsis – This is the first page:


 Feel the Force! Learning your ABCs has never been so exciting! In this ABC book readers will learn their ABCs while having a totally galactic adventure!

Why I liked this book – I love how they use actual pictures and scenes from the movies! From Yoda to Ewoks, from Vulture Droids to the Force, this book would be great for boys (and girls) and reluctant readers. I also like how this book is bigger (in size not page number) than most board books. I am also a HUGE Star Wars fan 😉 .

One more thing:

Activities and Resources –

I found Star Wars Coloring Pages HERE.

I made my own activity: You write the letters of the alphabet on index cards and spread them out on the floor or table. You say a letter of the alphabet and your child (equipped with a handy lightsaber that you can make out of a paper towel or wrapping paper tube) will “lightsaber” (or point to/tap/poke) the letter that you say.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5

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39 replies

  1. A huge Star Wars Fan huh!! I can tell…lol.
    This is a great book for young boys learning to read. With such bright action packed illustrations they are sure to enjoy it. Great choice Erik! Loved the review,

  2. I am amazed at the longevity of these movies. I never actually saw them till I was an adult, but I remember the hype as a kid. (Back then I did have a read-along Star Wars book with a record.) And now my kids love the movies. Amazing that new books are still being produced.

  3. May the fourth by with you too, Erik! Even though my boys haven’t seen the movies, they LOVE Star Wars, mostly because they got some hand-me-down Star Wars LEGOs and read about them in the catalog. (Incidentally, you might want to read “Power of Myth” by Joesph Campbell if you haven’t where he references Star Wars and its appeal). I love your light saber/flashcard activity. Very inventive.

  4. We bought this book last school year for my son. I love it, and more importantly, he does, too. “W is for Wookie” is my favorite page. Great share. May the fourth be with you!

  5. You are so on the pulse Erik! How fun that it is Star Wars day. That book looks awesome!

  6. My 10-yr-old son, Josh, is also a huge Star Wars fan. I think you two would get along great! I love your activity and may be trying that one out with my younger kids. Thanks, Erik!

  7. I just pinned this to my Pinterest board. One of my friends totally NEEDS this book! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I want this book! I love Star Wars too and this book looks really cool. Happy Star Wars Day, Erik, and May the 4th be with you!

  9. Great ABC book for boys who are tired of circus’, fruits, trains (if they are lucky) and other nearly girl-version ABC books. Great pick.

  10. As soon as I read the beginning of your post, my brain started to play the Star Wars theme, so I suspect the “Fourth” will be with me for quite some time! This sounds like such a cool book, and I love your light-saber activity suggestion.

    May the Force be with you!

  11. Love this, Erik! I am a die-hard Star Wars fan – although I confess I like the original 3 better than the ones made more recently. What a fun alphabet book to add to our list – sure to appeal to lots of kids! Thanks for adding. And may the fourth be with you, too 🙂

  12. Erik, I saw this title on Susanna’s site and knew this would be you!! Great choice for boys and girls (and some adults!)

  13. Hahaha! May the forth also be with you also young Jedi.

  14. I thought I was the only one who knew about Star Wars day! Did you know that Harry Potter Day (5/2/98) was also this week? If only there was a Hunger Games and a Diary of a Wimpy Kid day! This is officially the best week ever!

  15. I do love Star Wars. Great pick for kids. Liked your game idea.

  16. Oh, Erik, Erik… You have no idea how strong the Fourth is in our house! My son (he’s 5) has seen all six movies and knows more about them than I do! I haven’t seen this book, but you bet your sweet Jedi Master skills, I’ll be buying it TODAY!

    Looking forward to the coloring pages. May the Fourth be with you, young Padawan. 😉

  17. I like your activity too. We don’t have light sabers yet, but we certainly know how to play with paper towel rolls. May the Fourth be with you too.

  18. I know a bunch of little boys who would love this book. Thanks for reviewing it.

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  19. Thank you everyone for commenting your nice thoughts about my post and PPBF! And –
    May the 4th be with you! (Although today is the fifth)

  20. Erik, have you ever heard of LegoSpace? It’s this cool game where you can build a “rocket” with Legos (And the help of R.A.Y, a robot), and then you can see it go into orbit! And, if you close it and then open it again, your progress is still saved!
    Here’s the link-

  21. Glad you’re still reviewing! Good choice!

  22. I so love this, Erik! My family just watched the entire Star Wars Series (in the actual sequence, thank you very much – from 1-6), and my ten year old daughter went into a starwars-graphic-novel-book-borrowing-frenzy from our library. We didn’t find this particular book though, will look out for it.

    By the way, we’ve been meaning to ask you whether you’d consider doing a guest-post for us in GatheringBooks? We have a Quill Junior section in our site where we highlight the voices of the youth and we’d be very happy to have you share a piece or two. Our next bimonthly theme is on Festival of Asian Literature and the Immigrant Experience – if you find any books that you think would be perfect for this theme and you’re keen on doing a guest post, we’d be thrilled to have you. 🙂

  23. Erik that’s so cool! Very creative way to get Star Wars loving kids to learn their ABC’s! My brothers would love it! 🙂 I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan too! 😀 May the fourth be with you… (JOIN THE DARK SIDE!)

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