In exquisite wood engravings filled with wonderful detail, readers can follow each letter of the alphabet and discover 26 plants that can be eaten. When you are through poring over each illustration, turn to the back of the jacket and see if you can name all of these edible plants. It's easy when you know your ABCs. Full color.
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Grade 1-3-"A is for apple" gathers fuller richness of meaning in this elegant, artistic book. The first page shows a woman picking apples and a man making cider with a hand press. One child is helping him while a younger one plays on the grass. A border of apple blossoms frames the picture; half of an apple is shown in each corner. In subsequent pictures, different ages and combinations of people of varied races and cultures appear; settings are rural or urban, indoors or out, in all seasons and kinds of weather. "Ulu," the Hawaiian name for breadfruit, and "Xanthorhiza," a yellow root from the Appalachian Mountains used for medicinal tea, represent the hard-to-match letters. There is a cautionary note about edible and inedible plants, as well as a glossary describing each plant in the book and how it is used for consumption. The illustrations are wood engravings to which watercolors have been added. A note explains this printing method, which was developed in the 1700s and allows for more detail than woodcuts. The effect is striking. An Edible Alphabet is somewhat reminiscent of Mary Azarian's A Farmer's Alphabet (Godine, 1981) in atmosphere and illustration, but Azarian's black-and-white woodcuts are more bulky, and her theme is rural life in Vermont. Both titles are beautiful as well as interesting.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Ages 4-8. In handsome wood engravings full of gardens, people, and movement, Christensen presents an edible plant for each letter of the alphabet. She uses a range of places and cultures, moods and characters, each page a framed scene in black ink and bright watercolors. The picture for Apple shows a woman picking fruit from the tree, a man working a cider-press, and a child collecting the liquid. The setting for Corn is a farm with kids and their dog eating round a campfire. Figs are being grown on a city rooftop garden. A boy sits with a sprig of dill at a kitchen table. Most of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs are common plants; a few, such as Ipomea and Xanthorhiza, will be new to most kids. Christensen provides a list at the back with a brief note about each plant, where it grows and how it's eaten, and a tiny identifying woodcut. She also includes a note about the art and a warning that many species of wild plants may be poisonous. With an extraordinary sense of depth, the pictures celebrate our connection with food that grows on the land. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Dial Books, 1994. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. FIRST PRINTING. Pictorial boards. New in New jacket. Artist's debut picture book. A Smithsonian Notable Book. Bookseller Inventory # 093809
Book Description Dial, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0803714041
Book Description Dial, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110803714041