A Northern Alphabet

A Northern Alphabet

by Ted Harrison

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A is for Arctic, B for Bering Sea, C for Clyde River – and Z for Zangeza Bay – all to be explored above the 60th parallel.


A is for Arctic, B for Bering Sea, C for Clyde River – and Z for Zangeza Bay – all to be explored above the 60th parallel.

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PRAISE FOR A Northern Alphabet:
"Every child needs at least one alphabet book and none is more beautiful.... From A to Z, Harrison creates an enduring work of art." --Toronto Star

"[A] sophisticated alphabet book...." --Canadian Children's Book News

"It is definitely a 'keeper' in my library. Highly Recommended." --CM Magazine

"This takes you through the alphabet with alliteration, with all sorts of references to objects and habitat and animals in the North. It's absolutely a beautiful book. It's a real Canadian keepsake..." —CTV British Columbia

"By the time children outgrow this book, they will know much more about the world than the alphabet." --Maclean's

"A gorgeously illustrated book that works.... Although uniquely original, the paintings somehow remind me of both Emily Carr and William Kurelek at the same time.... A bright, beautiful, and imaginative addition to the growing collection of peculiarly Canadian alphabet books." --Canadian Materials

   •  Included in Resource Links' "The Year's Best", 2009

Children's Literature - Melissa Rife
Using colorful illustrations and the alphabet, Canadian author Ted Harrison provides the opportunity to learn about the culture of Canada and "the North." Each page features a brightly painted picture with a number of objects starting with the same letter. These pictures depict aspects of life in the Yukon, where Harrison lives. Under each illustration is a sentence made with a number of the objects in the picture. For instance, "the Inuit children are interested in a new igloo." Harrison also invites the reader to continue the story from the given sentence. He provides a full list of the objects in the pictures. This book is ideal for teachers presenting a unit about Canada and its culture. It provides a starting point for writing activities and vocabulary exercises. As an everyday reading book, the appeal may be more to Canadian children, as it uses words probably not known by typical American children, such as lemming or muskeg. Some illustrations depict situations that may appear somewhat odd for those who do not live in the Yukon, such as people with guns and carrying back game hanging from sticks. Occasionally, the words chosen are also a bit unusual, such as outhouse. On the whole, however, Harrison depicts the culture of his home beautifully and welcomes others to learn about it too. Reviewer: Melissa Rife

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10.29(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

TED HARRISON is one of Canada's most renowned artists. As former teacher, he expertly knows how to connect with children through his bold, colorful illustrations and simple, playful text. His first book, Children of the Yukon, won several awards, and he became the first Canadian artist to see his work accepted into the prestigious Illustrators' Exhibit in Bologna, Italy. His passion for and devotion to the North is evident in every masterful image that fills his books. Ted is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada. Originally from England, he fell in love with Canada, living in the Yukon for twenty-five years and later in Victoria, British Columbia.

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