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Children's LiteratureThis alphabet book is appealing for many reasons. The storyline from A to Z deals with a boy and girl's visit to their grandparents' farm. Each alphabet letter is presented in alliterative rhyme with brevity and simplicity. No single letter of the alphabet shouts its name or is prominently displayed. Instead a phrase is offered in a stream of descriptive phrases about the farm visit, such as "the quiet of night with our quilts tucked in tight" or "an oak tree to climb one limb at a time." The illustrations are flat-painted pencil drawings varying in style from surrealistic to expressionistic. Many different patterns of backdrops make for a colorful visual feast on each page. A half-page note from the artist appears on the copyright page in which the approach and technique are explained. The fixed pigtails on the girl and the old-fashioned hairdo of the boy provide a distinctive look to the main characters. The whimsy of the illustrations and the rhythm of the text make this book unique among the number of alphabet books with which it will compete. 2005, Harry N. Abrams, Ages 4 to 7.
—Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.