Wildflower ABC: An Alphabet of Potato Prints

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Aster, Bluebonnet, Columbine-Diana Pomeroy's intricately carved and appliqu‚d potato prints become a beautiful bouquet of American wildflowers in this striking companion to One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints.

Accompanied by a glossary of wildflower facts and blossoms of folklore, this is a perfect choice for nature lovers and for toddlers learning their ABCs. 9 X 9. Full-color illustrations

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Overview

Aster, Bluebonnet, Columbine-Diana Pomeroy's intricately carved and appliqu‚d potato prints become a beautiful bouquet of American wildflowers in this striking companion to One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints.

Accompanied by a glossary of wildflower facts and blossoms of folklore, this is a perfect choice for nature lovers and for toddlers learning their ABCs. 9 X 9. Full-color illustrations

Author Biography: Diana Pomeroy lives in Leaburg, Oregon.

Presents potato-print illustrations for wildflowers for every letter of the alphabet, with all sorts of information about each flower.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As beautiful as an art book for adults as it is instruction for children. . . . Each page is a framable print." -San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
As beautiful as an art book for adults as it is instruction for children. . . . Each page is a framable print.
From The Critics
Anyone interested in wildflowers or unusual art materials will greatly enjoy this appealing ABC book. All of the illustrations were done with forty-count potatoes and acrylic paints printed and appliquéd on two-hundred count cotton muslin. The results are spectacular! The Latin or family name is given for each wildflower, along with a brief historical note. 2001, Voyager Books, $6.00. Ages 5 to 12. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This book is a visual treat. Like her first book, One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints, each illustration is created from intricately carved and appliquéd potato prints. The warm colors in the decorative borders frame a profusion of gorgeous wildflowers presented in an alphabetic sequence. The final section contains information about the flowers-family name, a bit of background, and a short bibliography. A wonderful choice to help kids recognize common wildflowers which, in turn, may help make that next outdoor outing even more enjoyable.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
This exquisite alphabet of potato prints will delight the incipient horticulturist, artist, or peruser of any age. Ms. Pomeroy concludes her collection with details about each of the wild beauties, from Aster to Zigadenus fremontii.
School Library Journal
PreS-K--A companion to One Potato (Harcourt, 1996), this lovely creation shows even more artistic accomplishment in its intricately detailed renderings of flowers that often look as though they have been pressed into the pages rather than stamped on them. Pomeroy has evolved the simple potato print of the preschool classroom into a unique art form that is all her own. The fine detail that she includes, her exceptional blends and shadings of color, and the rainbow palette of the borders result in a stunning presentation. Each full-page illustration is printed on a stark white background, the colorful border leaving a half-inch wide white band around it. The flower prints often twine around and over their colored borders, seemingly growing right off the page. The flower name and corresponding letter of the alphabet (capital and lowercase) are shown in large type. The final two pages include brief information about each flower. A book for beginning readers this is not; many of the appellations (some of them scientific names) are difficult to pronounce and will be unfamiliar to most youngsters. Buy the book anyway. Inventive parents and teachers will see it as a stepping-stone to art projects, nature lessons, and folklore. Flower lovers will delight in using it to teach the sounds of the alphabet: "R is for R-R-R-Rudbeckia."--Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Using potato prints, acrylic paints, and appliqué, Pomeroy (One Potato, 1996) has created an alphabet of wildflowers not to be missed. From Aster to Zigadenus fremontii, each flower or cluster of flowers is presented on a single page weaving in and out of a multicolored border. Combined are the common or scientific names (depending on which one fits the alphabetic arrangement) of flowers with botanical portraits that are recognizable, striking, and quaintly beautiful, with subtle variations of color providing depth and texture. The final spread provides additional information on the species included and a brief bibliography of herb and wildflower books. Once again, Pomeroy proves that the potato stamps can be a sophisticated and unique art form, and a means for making information—in this case, some delicate botany and the alphabet—disarmingly accessible. Some readers will want to refer to the earlier book for instructions on how to create the prints.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152024550
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

DIANA POMEROY lives in Leaburg, Oregon.

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