A is for alligator.
Z is for zebra.
And in between is a rollicking alphabet that turns the ABCs into a madcap zoo filled with surprises and laughter! For every child who has ever asked if a leopard has to wash off its spots or if a rhino's horn goes "beep," David Frampton has created a book filled with woodcuts of animals so vivid they seem to leap off the page and into our laps!
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Although it starts with alligator and ends with zebra, this is not like any alphabet book we've ever seen. For one thing, David Frampton's beastie woodcuts are truly fantastic: a blasé-eyed warthog gazes out at the reader; a kangaroo bounces gleefully, pink birthday cake tucked in her pouch; and a speckled and freckled grasshopper leans into someone's drink cup for a little sip. Accompanying these marvelous earth-toned illustrations are some of the best alphabet rhymes around: "N is for newt. / I'm sure that you knew. / You may name new newts / Newton. It's the right thing to do." And "Q is for quail, / found in the woods dark and tall. / But not for too long, / they're building a mall." And "M is for moose out in the barn. / No wait, that's a cow... darn!" David Frampton has illustrated many children's stories, including Eve Bunting's Riding the Tiger. A wonderfully original addition to any preschooler's bookshelf! (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie CoulterAbout the Author:
The rhymes in this book come from conversations David Frampton has had with children. He crafted each line from the questions and comments they had about animals. It's true! A child asked him if a rhino's went "beep-beep." And so, the "My" in the title does not refer to David himself, but to the individual children who inspired each of the rhymes.
In his own words...
This is me with all the wood that I carved to make the woodcuts for this book. What is a woodcut? It is a picture that is cut into a piece of wood, then covered with paint and squeezed against a piece of paper. Each picture in this book is made from four separate woodcuts, one for each color. Did you ever step in a puddle and then leave footprints as you walked along? Well, making woodcuts is a bit like that and just as much fun.
New Hampshire is where I have been living and working on woodcuts for the past twenty-five years. We (my wife and two children) love our small town with its quiet ways and friendly people, Our house is near the town center, where you will find one store, a firehouse, and the town library that used to be a one-room schoolhouse. To complete the picture, add a moose, a bear, and a million trees. I have been making woodcuts for children's books for many years, but this is the first one that I have written and illustrated. our kids grew up without a television. No TV, but there were so many wonderful books. It was by reading to them night after night that I learned about the words and sounds and rhythms that kids love to hear. These are the sounds in my own stories--The Whole Night Through, as well as several new ones that I am currently working on.
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006028823X
Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-001-X3-5879005