The Alphabet Atlas

The Alphabet Atlas

by Arthur Yorinks, Jeanyee Wong, Adrienne Yorinks
     
 

The beautiful, vibrant quilt illustrations of an award-winning artist, the illuminations of a master calligrapher, and a few interesting facts from an esteemed children's book author combine to make an unforgettable and original alphabet book. See more details below

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Overview

The beautiful, vibrant quilt illustrations of an award-winning artist, the illuminations of a master calligrapher, and a few interesting facts from an esteemed children's book author combine to make an unforgettable and original alphabet book.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Magazine
The Alphabet Atlas is an ingeniously crafted work designed to introduce preschool aged children to the facts and wonders of selected countries around the world. The book is arranged alphabetically with basic separate entries highlighting a specific detail and/or fact about a country whose name begins with the appropriate letter of the alphabet. The text is simple and easily understandable for the age group it was intended. The individually quilted panels of nationally known quilter and illustrator, Adrienne Yorinks, however, are more complex in nature and will require adult assistance to ensure the child's understanding of the country depicted. The illustrator "hides" a variety of country-specific facts within the fabric of the material used to quilt the countries illustrated. When available Yorinks used fabrics indigenous to the country to quilt that country's panel; and sewed onto the panel's border various animal and/or craft motifs that makes that country different. Such crafting provides invaluable hours of storytime enjoyment.
Todays Librarian
Countries from A to Z are listed in this charming, educational book that takes children on a trip around the world. A country beginning with each letter of the alphabet and a fact about the country appears on each letter's page (Q is for Quatar, in case you were wondering). Jeanyee Wong provides the letter art, and Adrienne Yorinks' wonderful illustrations are actually intricate quilts that tell even more about the country they accompany. Portugal is famous for its almond trees, and it also supplies much of the world's cork. Kenya lies astride the equator, and many scientists think it is where the first human beings lived. Fascinating facts such as these pack the book, making it a wonderful addition to a children's reference collection for ages 5 to 9 -- though adults admittedly will have fun, too.
Children's Literature - Barbara Youngblood
A unique twist for alphabet books, this one uses the name of a country to represent each letter. It is carefully illustrated to give examples of the country's scenery, textiles, art, history, and wildlife in a quilt-like representation. I was expecting a blank on "X" but there is Xianggang, the Chinese name for Hong Kong. The atlas mentions how Hong Kong belonged to the British for ninety-nine years but now belongs to China again. A padded cover gives a luxurious feel to the book.
Kirkus Reviews
Though marred by an ill-conceived text, this alphabet of countries makes as magnificent a showcase for Adrienne Yorinks's textile art as Marian Wright Edelman's Stand For Children (1998) was. Piecing together strips and blocks of cloth that are from, or at least associated with, 26 countries (e.g., part of Kenya is African mud cloth), she creates vibrant collages of pictorial and abstract patterns around stylized political maps; evocative color schemes, plus scattered images of characteristic flora and fauna, convey a sense of individuality for each nation. Wong adds another course to this feast of color with a series of large polychrome initials, each designed to reflect the accompanying art in some way. The single sentence captions are either carelessly phrased or refer to natural features that are not depicted; still, each turn of the page will elicit admiration from viewers. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890817145
Publisher:
Winslow Press
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 10.81(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile:
AD1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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