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Found Alphabet Hardcover – May 30, 2005
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-This book matches poems with pictures fashioned from found objects. The short verses and clever art encourage readers to explore the possibilities that are present in what most would consider junk. The representation of each letter includes animals, objects, vehicles, and the ubiquitous x-ray. These items were created from twigs, leaves, matchboxes, wire, buttons, and whatever else the artists happened to find. The placement of the objects and the lettering further add to the visual interest. The rhymes are often fresh but occasionally awkward, as in the case of the spider whose "mother says/it's very clear/the World Wide Web was his idea." Overall, though, this attractive title offers many opportunities for programming and extension. Children will be inspired to collect scraps and pieces to create their own found art and poetry as well.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA
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Gr. 1-3. It's an alphabet book . . . it's poetry . . . it's a collection of photographs of found-object art! The objects, from airplane to zebra, are creative constructions of manmade and natural materials, including rusty wire, keys, antique clock faces, tin boxes, golden leaves, sugar cubes, and breadsticks. The accompanying poems are refreshingly nonsensical, most referencing the specific object. For example, the wings on the butterfly are toasted bread slices, and in the poem the insect can't fly because "Without butter they get dry." A wooden wolf is accompanied by the poem: "This wolf is quite a scary sight / His long, sharp teeth are sparkling white / I'm sure he'd eat you if he could / He can't because he's made of wood." Curiously, some entries are somewhat repetitive. For instance, H (house) and K (key) both feature poems about and pictures of keys. rain images and track-related poems are used for both E (engine) and T (train). Nonetheless, plenty of pleasant surprises abound here for young readers and art buffs alike. Karin Snelson
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--with children to first read, then discuss the process of the artists and illustrators, then collect found objects and create their
own compositions and stories
--with teachers to demonstrate creative use of found objects
--with teachers to show as an example of children's literature inspiring artwork for children
--as a recommendation to teachers with whom I am working
--as pure enjoyment!
The design of the book, the uniqueness of the concept ... and the charm of the individual pages. Inspirational for a mixed media art project idea for adults or kids. Frame a page for a child's room? This year I gave a copy to the marketing communications design team.