Found Alphabet

Found Alphabet

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The ordinary becomes the extraordinary within the pages of Found Alphabet, a fantastic collaboration of Polish artists.

The four creators of Found Alphabet reside in Kraków, Poland. This is their first book published in the United States.

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The ordinary becomes the extraordinary within the pages of Found Alphabet, a fantastic collaboration of Polish artists.

The four creators of Found Alphabet reside in Kraków, Poland. This is their first book published in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Assemblages of tiny found objects-clock innards, matchboxes, pastille tins and wood scraps-suggest machines and animals in this rhyming alphabet, a collaboration by a Krakow quartet. "I" is for igloo, and a riddle ("My dentist thinks it's much too sweet") points out that it's made of sugar cubes. "L" is for lamp, crafted out of a spring and some plastic-coated bits of wire; writers Shindler and Graniczewski joke, "It's on all day and off all night/ As you can see, it's not too bright." Occasionally Andrzejewska and Pilichowski-Ragno's fabrications are prettily composed, like the lanky gray-green giraffe (for "G") with a gear for an eye, or the symmetrical house (the "H" entry) built from a rusty lock-and-key mechanism with golden leaves for its roof. Yet readers may find some of the pictures lacking, like the poor butterfly ("B") created out of two dry rounds of toast and a chunk of cloth-insulated wire, the steel-wool nest ("N") and the drab octopus ("O") made from sesame-seed-encrusted breadsticks. All the found objects lie flat on the solid-color page backgrounds, as if placed there temporarily, and the often facile rhymes unfortunately contribute to the hit-or-miss results. All ages. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is not just another ordinary alphabet book; it presents a refreshingly different look at the same old letters. For each letter, and the object which begins with that letter, there is a page with a jolly verse printed in an appropriate shape, with a new idea or way of seeing. The rhymes reflect both the object and—in some cases—the unusual construction of what is used for the illustrations. For these pictures are not simply depictions; they are esthetically designed, made from found objects, then photographed with different-colored backgrounds which puts the imaginative creations in high relief. Sometimes it is necessary to puzzle over the parts: leaves, cookies, bits of wire, gears. There are even pieces of toast, for an example, for a butterfly: "You're not flying—tell me why!" "My wings of bread cannot fly./Without butter they get dry." The deceptively-ordinary make-up of these illustrations may well motivate readers to create their own extraordinary objects with poems to match. 2005, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"It’s an alphabet book . . . it’s poetry . . . it’s a collection of photographs of found-object art! . . . Plenty of pleasant surprises abound here for young readers and art buffs alike." Booklist, ALA

"The short verses and clever art encourage readers to explore the possibilities that are present in what most would consider junk. . . . Children will be inspired to collect scraps and pieces to create their own found art and poetry as well." School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547561967
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
14 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Anita Andrzejewska and Andrzej Pilichowski-Ragno are freelance artists who have worked together on several illustration projects. They created the art for Found Alphabet before the text was written. It was meant to "inspire children to create new objects from useless wastes of natural materials, like wood, stone, paper, metal, and feathers, and reveal the beauty of these simple materials."

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Found Alphabet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Using objects frequently found in Krakow Poland, the collaborators produced a whimsical and intelligent book that will delight new learners.