From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 4-Crosbie and the Rosenthals clearly have a passion for form. In this alphabet, upper and lowercase letters are coupled with full- and double-page color photographs illustrating architectural details or terms. Thus, "E" is for the "Eave" on the Robie house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. "T" is for the "Turret" on a marvelously ornate pink Victorian in California. The text consists of rhyming questions. ("Look under a roof/For eaves broad and plain./Can eaves give you shelter/From the sun and the rain?") They serve as an entr?e to discussion for young children, but the imposed rhyme scheme is distracting. Nevertheless, the book is attractive and informative. Artfully composed, the photographs command attention and arouse interest. Source notes combining definitions and identifications conclude the title. Slipping this volume in between Stephen T. Johnson's even more fundamental Alphabet City (Viking, 1995) and Diane Maddex and Roxie Munro's more in-depth Architects Make Zigzags (Preservation, 1986) would build awareness for an underappreciated, yet omnipresent art.Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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Ages 4-8. Playful, inviting rhymes and full-color photos from across America introduce both the alphabet and diverse architectural elements, decorative to structural, in this delightful book. Bold, colorful capital and small block-print letters are easy to distinguish and identify; a brief rhyme accompanying each element ends with a question, encouraging creative thought and scrutiny of the exemplary photo. For B,
an ornately trimmed balcony is "A perch way up high / To spy far and near. / When you look from a balcony / What sights will appear?" Well-chosen visuals illustrate fancy "finials" and "turrets," as well as humble "log cabins" and "silos," although terms such as "eave" or "quoin" may be challenging for beginning ABC learners. A clear, well-written afterward defines architecture and further clarifies the terms, reproducing each photo and citing its location. An informative, fun architectural journey, that encourages exploration and appreciation of its many forms and functions, on both pages and outings. Shelle RosenfeldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved