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Children's Fiction General

An African Alphabet

by (author) Eric Walters

illustrated by Sue Todd

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Category
General, Alphabet, Africa
  • Board book

    ISBN
    9781459810709
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459810723
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $8.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p
  • Reading age: 0 to 2

Description

An African Alphabet is a vibrant ABC book that introduces babies and toddlers to the unique variety of animals found in Africa. An alphabet for all ages, the stunning linocut-influenced artwork brings an uncommon selection of critters to life in this lively concept book.
From aardvark to zebra and all that's in between, little ones will love learning their alphabet with these colorful creatures.

About the authors

Eric Walters is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and three children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia. When not writing or touring across the country speaking to school groups, Eric spends time playing or watching soccer and basketball, or playing the saxophone.

To find out more about Eric and his novels, or to arrange for him to speak at your school, visit his website at www.ericwalters.net.

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Sue Todd is an award-winning illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). Sue began her career as a freelance designer in retail advertising. For a more creative outlet, she took up linoleum carving, an ancient printmaking technique similar to woodcut, and developed a unique style of art that led to a career in illustration. Sue has created images for a wide range of clients, from advertising and corporate to editorial and publishing, including illustrations for An African Alphabet and The Wild Beast.

 

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Awards

  • Commended, Resource Links The Year's Best

Editorial Reviews

"Stunning, animated linoleum images featuring heavy black lines, vibrant colors, and a range of familiar and not-so-familiar critters make this ABC book one that children will request again and again."

School Library Journal

"An African Alphabet has much more to teach than just the ABCs. It takes the child on an African safari of sorts, bringing animals alive in the text and illustrations, especially animals that are new or unfamiliar to the child/reader...Learning about animals in this vibrant and delightful book will take readers on an adventure to Africa from the comfort of their chair!...A delightful book for children of all ages, and maybe some adults too!"

Resource Links

"An African Alphabet is at once a typical introductory alphabet board book, and, at the same time, it is nontraditional...it is unlikely that young viewers...will have had personal experience with any (or many) of the 26 birds and mammals within its pages...A true highlight of the book are the illustrations rendered by Sue Todd who has chosen linoleum carving as her illustration medium...An African Alphabet is an excellent alphabet book and merits both home purchase and acquisition by libraries serving its intended young audience."

CM Magazine

"The engaging features of the animals and the beautiful colors are a visual feast. And there is pleasure to be had just in pronouncing the exotic animal names."

Youth Services Book Reviews

? "An elegant African bestiary, from the familiar to the exotic. This eye-catching compendium of African fauna should delight young readers and instill an awareness of Earth's diversity of habitat and species…gorgeous, brightly colored artwork…brings these creatures to life...Images are clear and easily grasped; each is a striking work of art in itself. Even the alphabetic characters have the etched, stylized calligraphic look of block printing. A gorgeous alphabet for young adventurers."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Walters draws on his abiding love of Africa for his latest offering, which takes readers to the savannah without the lengthy plane ride…Strong black lines and saturated colour offer striking visual interest."

Quill & Quire

"What a creative way to introduce young children to the richness of African wildlife!"

Canadian Children's Book News

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