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Alphabet Everywhere
     

Alphabet Everywhere

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by Elliott Kaufman (Photographer)
 

There is a world of letters just waiting to be discovered in the world around us — if we know how to look for it. In this engaging and delightful book, photographer Elliott Kaufman reveals the "secret" life of the alphabet through his photographs, showing how letters can be found in things we encounter everyday. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by

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There is a world of letters just waiting to be discovered in the world around us — if we know how to look for it. In this engaging and delightful book, photographer Elliott Kaufman reveals the "secret" life of the alphabet through his photographs, showing how letters can be found in things we encounter everyday. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by multiple images, each unintentionally created by the intersection of architectural details, shadows, light, or natural elements as caught by Kaufman's keen eye. Some are obvious, while others demand a little more imagination to recognize, inviting the readers to start their own game of hunting for letters! This fun approach also reinforces the notion that learning to see the familiar in new ways encourages visual literacy and creativity.

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Gr 1-3-The author's experience as an architectural photographer translates into more than a hundred images that challenge readers to find as many forms as possible that "resemble the alphabet in ways that are accidental." Youngsters will find the expected "A" formed in the frame of a ladder, a steel I-beam, B- and C-shaped door handles, or a "Z" on a garage door, but sidewalk shadows and nature images such as the blossoming tulip (V), a serrated grapevine leaf (M), or an ocean wave approaching the shore (R), move beyond man-made art and architecture and are more difficult to pick out. An unusual collection of photographic art from city to country, this compendium includes creative angles and perspectives, further informing readers with a final index of all the photo sources. Compare this book's artistry and imagination to Krystina Castella and Brian Boyl's Discovering Nature's Alphabet (Heyday, 2006) or combine it with Stephen Johnson's Alphabet City (Viking, 1995). This collection of images stretches through 60 pages, perhaps a challenge for younger readers, although the die-cut ABC on the cover is instantly eye-catching. A general purchase for all libraries.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TXa(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—The author's experience as an architectural photographer translates into more than a hundred images that challenge readers to find as many forms as possible that "resemble the alphabet in ways that are accidental." Youngsters will find the expected "A" formed in the frame of a ladder, a steel I-beam, B- and C-shaped door handles, or a "Z" on a garage door, but sidewalk shadows and nature images such as the blossoming tulip (V), a serrated grapevine leaf (M), or an ocean wave approaching the shore (R), move beyond man-made art and architecture and are more difficult to pick out. An unusual collection of photographic art from city to country, this compendium includes creative angles and perspectives, further informing readers with a final index of all the photo sources. Compare this book's artistry and imagination to Krystina Castella and Brian Boyl's Discovering Nature's Alphabet (Heyday, 2006) or combine it with Stephen Johnson's Alphabet City (Viking, 1995). This collection of images stretches through 60 pages, perhaps a challenge for younger readers, although the die-cut ABC on the cover is instantly eye-catching. A general purchase for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789211156
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Pages:
60
Sales rank:
1,267,412
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 Years

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Preface

There is a world of letters just waiting to be discovered all around us—if we know how to look. Waling down the street, or hiking through a park, how many different forms can you find that resemble the alphabet in ways that are accidental? A sawhorse, the shadow of a bus shelter, or the old piers on a river become A's. An "M" is not only seen in the structure of a bridge, but on the backs of chairs, building entrances, bicycles racks or leaves. A "Z" can be found on a fire escape or garage doors, on motorcycles, or railings that bend. The discoveries are endless and yours to make. I discovered many of these "letters" near my home in New York City, using a simple digital camera. In the back of the book is a list of descriptions for each image; some have fancy architectural terms to describe the different kinds of details found not eh buildings around us.

Start your hunt anytime, anywhere—and find all kinds of unintended shapes. Explore the world in a new way and start finding you own alphabet...everywhere!

—Elliot Kaufman

Meet the Author

Elliott Kaufman is an architectural photographer whose work has been displayed in venues such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Light Gallery (NYC). He currently teaches at Queens College and the International Center for Photography.

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Alphabet Everywhere 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Alphabet Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman is a picture book using Kaufman's great photography to illustrate the letters of the alphabet. The letters come from nature, construction, shadows, and anything in the world around us. Simple little things that we overlook, like a ladder forming an 'A' or a bike rack in the shape of a 'M." Elliott challenges you to take a walk, hike, or ride and look, really look at your surroundings.I think it teaches a great lesson that you can find letters, shapes, and wonder everywhere in the world around us if only we take a moment to look for it. This book is a great way of exposing children to the alphabet in a fun and hands-on way. I highly recommend Alphabet Everywhere to any teacher or parent working with children who are learning the alphabet. I think adults with an appreciation for photography will enjoy this one as well. Kaufman has done a great job of making this book both artistic and accessible. Perhaps it can spark a discussion about looking deeper, or the start of your own game of searching for things that look like letters in your own backyard or during a walk or car ride. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards!   The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.