C is for Curious: An ABC of Feelings

C is for Curious: An ABC of Feelings

by Woodleigh Hubbard
     
 
C is for Curious
Raging dragons, leaping cows, and baseball playing dogs all come together in this zany collection that explores a host of feelings from A(ngry) to Z(ealous). Brilliantly colored and brimming with endearing creatures, Woodleigh Hubbard's exuberant illustrations will charm even the youngest reader. The bold graphic composition, the

Overview

C is for Curious
Raging dragons, leaping cows, and baseball playing dogs all come together in this zany collection that explores a host of feelings from A(ngry) to Z(ealous). Brilliantly colored and brimming with endearing creatures, Woodleigh Hubbard's exuberant illustrations will charm even the youngest reader. The bold graphic composition, the humorous detail, and the universality of the emotions will appeal to readers of every age. Perfect for discussion time or playtime, C ls for Curious is an animated, colorful, and altogether unique look at feelings.

2 is for Dancing
One unicorn dreaming under a star strewn sky. Six little chicks cuddled together quietly reading. Eight energetic dogs wildly riding a bicycle. These are just some of the wacky and wonderful creatures that readers will encounter in this exuberant exploration of numbers. Using both humor and warmth, Woodleigh Hubbard presents an extraordinary look at some very familiar actions. Her animated illustrations are filled with bold shapes and bright colors that combine to create a vibrant picture that will appeal to even the youngest reader. Children learning to count will take special pleasure in tallying the characters found in each picture and the simple text is just right for those beginning to read on their own. A striking companion to C is for Curious: An A B C of Feelings, this whimsical and innovative look at verbs and numbers will enthrall readers of every age.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, April 17, 1995
One side of this jazzy, ingenious book offers a swing through the alphabet; flipped upside-down, it becomes a counting book of cavorting critters. Ages 2-6.

--KIRKUS REVIEWS, Pointer December 1990
Moving beyond even Aruego and Dewey's flamboyant illustrations for Kraus's Noel the Coword, etc., Hubbard presents an alphabet of fantastic creatures that vividly represent states of mind from "angry" to "zealous." Even the literal interpretations here have clever touches: the "curious" have extra fingers in odd places like the end of a tail, the better to investigate. More complex ideas are treated with subtlety: an "understanding" adult is a simple figure composed of generous curves, while a little miscreant who has just broken something cowers ruefully but in evident expectation of forgiveness. With boldly contrasted colors, remarkably expressive forms and details, and a healthy aura of the acceptability of various emotional states, Hubbard has created a striking, unusual book that challenges "readers" to make intriguing new links between ideas and visual images.

--PARENTS' CHOICE, Starred Review December 1990
Raging dragons, leaping cows, and baseball-playing dogs come together in this zany collection that explores every feeling from A(ngry) to Z(ealous). Children will delight in guessing each emotion and in letteing their imaginations run wild as they make up stories to go with each picutre.

School Library Journal
Gr 1 Up-- A book that is not easy to place. Although the beginning letter of each emotion-- Angry, Bored, Curious is colored in contrast to the rest of the word in black and the type is a clean san serif , it is not an alphabet book for young children. Emotions are not concrete enough for the prosaic task of learning letters. On the other hand, the purpose does not seem to be a bibliotherapeutic catalog of feelings. Xenophobic is certainly obscure for that purpose. This book operates on a more subconscious level. Its illustrations, done with the bold, matte-finish acrylics, flat shapes, decorative arrows, and swirls representative of contemporary Southwestern art, have a dreamlike quality. The use of animal figures and especially the recurrence of coyote reinforce both the regional and visionary feeling. Artistically, it is an exceptional work--colorful, original, unique. Although some words will need discussion, the power of many pictures-- Angry, for example, with its snarling, red-faced beast--will speak eloquently to children. The imaginative and whimsical detail will fascinate them, but this is not a title with wide appeal. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811810784
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
1 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Woodleigh Hubbard -- a resident of Colorado -- has studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D. C., the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and the Academy of Beaux Arts in Paris. She is the author of two best-selling children's titles from Chronicle Books: C Is for Curious and Two Is for Dancing. Read more about Woodleigh and how she became an illustrator.

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