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A unique alphabet board book introduces little ones to the fascinating communal farm life of the Amish people of Pennsylvania, from the alarms of morning to the sweet snoozing of children, in lilting text and spirited artwork.
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Stefano Vitale's award-winning artwork appears in galleries and exhibitions as well as in such picture books as When the Wind Stops, by Charlotte Zolotow (an ALA Notable Book). Mr. Vitale is a graduate of the University of Southern California and of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He lives with his family in Venice, Italy.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2 --A horse-drawn cart ride through the alphabet that provides glimpses of life in the bucolic valley that has been home to the Pennsylvania Dutch for generations. Aylesworth's gentle rhyming couplets take readers through one family's day from A for ``Alarm clocks ring;/ It's almost dawn. The folks in the valley/ Stretch and yawn'' through their collective rural labors that end in ``Z's the sound/ Of their well-earned rest;/ They sleep in peace./Their lives are blessed.'' Each letter features a half-page, stylized scene painted on wood in rich, earthy tones surrounded by elaborate borders adorned with familiar folk-art motifs. The fields, barnyard, orchard, and hearth are shown abuzz with the activities of the farmer and his country neighbors. There is no mention of their religious beliefs or philosophies toward technology and education; but the values they place on hard work, family, and community come through strong and clear. A simple, eye-catching alphabet book that speaks volumes.
- Luann Toth , School Library Journal
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Book Description Feb 20, 1998. Condition: New. Board book with no marks or defects. Clean copy, with charming rhyming couplets accompanied by folk-inspired illustrations. Seller Inventory # 2H-EC8B-43RT
Book Description HarperFestival. BOARD BOOK. Condition: New. 0694009814 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0274301
Book Description HarperFestival, 1998. Board book. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110694009814
Book Description HarperFestival, 1998. Condition: New. Stefano Vitale (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0694009814
Book Description HarperFestival, 1998. Board book. Condition: New. Brdbk. Seller Inventory # DADAX0694009814