This wordless ABC, a Caldecott Honor book illustrated with photo-realistic still lifes, "transcends the genre by demanding close inspection of not just letters, but the world," said PW in a starred review. All ages.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Grade 1 Up?Beginning with the A formed by a construction site's sawhorse and ending with the Z found in the angle of a fire escape, Johnson draws viewers' eyes to tiny details within everyday objects to find letters. In this wordless tour of sights from Times Square to the Brooklyn Bridge, he invites young and old alike to take a new look at familiar surroundings, discovering the alphabet without ever looking in a book or reading from a sign. Conceived in the tradition of Ann Jonas's work, especially The Thirteenth Clue (Greenwillow, 1992), Johnson's pastel, watercolor, gouache, and charcoal paintings are much more realistic than his illustrations for The Samurai's Daughter (Dial, 1992); in fact, they are almost photographic in appearance. Some of the images are both clever and incredibly clear, e.g., the E found in the sideways view of a traffic light. Others, such as the C in the rose window of a Gothic church, are more obscure. Nevertheless, all of the paintings are beautifully executed and exhibit a true sense of artistic vision. While parents or teachers might assume from the title that this is a traditional alphabet book, they should be encouraged to look at it as an art book. It's sure to inspire older children to venture out on their own walks to discover the alphabet in the familiar objects of their own hometowns.?Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This great book helps children look for letters in the world around them.Published 1 month ago by Red Bird
It's a great book to illustrate how alphabets exist in everyday things and in different shapes and forms if only we use our imagination. I bought this book a long time ago. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Spiffy
I bought this book as a gift for a small child. I love abecedarians that can grow with children, and this one certainly can. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mills
This is a creative book with great illustrations of unusual ways to form our alphabet, using daily circumstances to create the letters. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JDN
I came across a copy of this book in a thrift shop so could buy only one. I came home to buy more copies to have on hand for families with new babies and continued to be thrilled... Read morePublished 19 months ago by tick-freee
This is more than an ABC book. The new and expert reader will have fun finding the letters in each painting which also show the beauty of the built environment without the usual... Read morePublished 24 months ago by ILoveKidsBooks