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.

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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.

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“Harrison’s vibrantly colorful illustrations distinctly capture the spirit of the north.”
School Library Journal

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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Publication date:
ABC Our Country Series
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Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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