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Title: Edible Alphabet
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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.From School Library Journal:
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
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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