I am sure many of our readers have read ABC books to their children, but have you ever wondered how the animal examples used as examples for A, B, etc change from book to book? I know I have so was excited to see the below analysis by FiveThirtyEight.
I not surprised that A is for Alligator is the commonest for A, but I had always wondered whether X-Ray Fish was a real animal (apparently it is). The author made a good comment that instead of X-Ray Fish they could use “cool animals’ scientific names (the swordfish becomes Xiphias and the armadillo becomes Xenurus)”. Whenever I read these books I try and explain about the animal, and I would swear that about 10% of the time either the picture is not the correct animal stated by the word, or it is a made up animal, which the author of the article David Goldenberg, also seems to find.
I know when next I read an ABC book to my children that I might use some of the more unusual animals from the article. What have you seen that seems a bit unusual or funny in your ABC books?
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