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Alison's Zinnia
     

Alison's Zinnia

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by Anita Lobel
 

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"An unusual alphabet book incorporates reinforcement of individual letters into a dazzling display of floral painting as Lobel links girls' names, flowers, and verbs in a chain of floral gifts."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

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"An unusual alphabet book incorporates reinforcement of individual letters into a dazzling display of floral painting as Lobel links girls' names, flowers, and verbs in a chain of floral gifts."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Flowers and the girls who give and receive them ("Beryl bought a Begonia for Crystal") take readers through an alphabet brought to full bloom by lushly colored illustrations. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
``Alison acquired an Amaryllis for Beryl'' begins this luscious-looking alphabet book. Linking together a girl's name, a verb, and a flower, the brief text takes readers through 26 varieties and when ``Zena zeroed in on a Zinnia for Alison,'' the chain comes full circle. A generous layout allows the painterly and botanically accurate illustrations to take center stage while a strip at the bottom quarter acts as a storyboard depicting each child's choice of flower. The full-color gouache and watercolor portraits offer a brilliant display of both the familiar, such as the daffodil, and the unfamiliar, like the Urtica. The composition is delightfully varied--one rose stands regally alone while dozens of delicate Quaker-ladies share an entire spread, and the use of color and texture exhibits a masterful touch. One can almost smell the fragrant Sweet william. Some noun and verb combinations seem forced, but most exhibit an inventive use of language that could offer inspiration for further wordplay. An elegant book that might best be enjoyed along with an adult who also appreciates the gift of flowers. --Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688147372
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
670,675
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

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Alison's Zinnia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very well illustrated. I was more interested in this than my 3 year old, but I'll try it again in a few months.