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From the top of Alaska to the tip of Mexico, the Pacific Coast of North America comes to life in this vividly illustrated alphabet book.
From albatrosses and orcas to Zodiac boats, children can identify objects that start with each letter and read along with the lilting text. In addition, each illustration has the featured letter hidden within the colorful artwork, creating a challenge for older readers, too. Featuring forests full of fairies, singing seashells, and persnickety pirates, this is an alphabet adventure for the young and young at heart.
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Margriet Ruurs is the author of over 30 books for children, including Wild Babies and A Pacific Alphabet. Two previous Emma books, Emma and the Coyote and Emma's Cold Day, won the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. Born in the Netherlands, Margriet has lived in California, the Yukon, Alberta, and British Columbia. Currently she lives on Salt Spring Island where she runs a booklovers' bread and breakfast. Margriet conducts author visits and writing workshops at international schools around the world.
Dianna Bonder is the illustrator of many books including A Pacific Alphabet, and Three Royal Tales. Accidental Alphabet, which she wrote and illustrated, was selected for the DOCET exhibition in Bologna, Italy. Leon's Song was shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Awards and the Chocolate Lily Book Awards. Dianna lives on an island off Canada's West Coast, where she paints full time in glorious color. Visit Dianne's website at www.diannabonder.com.From School Library Journal:
Grades 1-3--This book centers on our West Coast from Alaska to Mexico. Many of the rhymes are funny and enjoyable to read out loud. The "J" page reads, "Jellyfish, jellyfish,/how do you do?/I wish I could find/peanut butter fish,/too!" Children will like hunting for hidden letters and objects on each page, although they may be hard-pressed to come up with names for some of them, such as "jacksmelt" and "nimbostratus clouds." Such additions may make the book too difficult for younger children, for whom the illustrations may have the most appeal. The art is inconsistent. The flora and fauna are realistically drawn while the human figures are almost cartoonlike, resulting in a jumble of styles. And although the art portrays a number of creatures whose names begin with the letter in question, the illustrator also adds objects that seem to have nothing to do with the text, or with the Pacific. For instance, the "X" page shows an X-ray machine, and the "I" page shows such incongruent items as icicles, iguanas, irons, and ivy. The result is a book that loses its focus. Though this title purports to include the whole Pacific coast, the emphasis is on the Northwest. Those interested in an alphabet book with a similar theme might choose Andrea Helm's O Is for Orca (Sasquatch, 1995), which has stronger illustrations and text.
Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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