In my quest to build a bit of a library I've been picking up a few books every now and then, mostly through work. My newest addition was an adorable book called Al Pha's Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I ordered it because I liked the cover, I'd heard of the author, and it looked cute.
This book is adorable. It takes place just as the 26 letters are invented, and it tells the story of a man named Al Pha who makes a bet with himself that he can arrange the 26 letters in the perfect order in response to the king's request. It's clever and cute. While it would certainly be more appropriate for kids who are getting familiar with their ABCs, the illustrations and the story transcend all ages.