Thursday, November 3, 2016

An Artist's Alphabet by Norman Messenger - ADVISABLE

Messenger, Norman An Artist’s Alphabet, PICTUREBOOK. Candlewick Press, 2016. $17.99. Content: G.

A beautiful spread of each letter of the alphabet, both upper and lower case, represented by animals, nature and objects. The artist has also included a lined paper example of each letter (to practice handwriting?) But, it’s not a regular alphabet book. Some letters are interpreted by objects which begin with that letter, like acrobats and eels, but other letters require more imagination and study to notice the ink spot in I or the negative space making an R.

A beautiful example of an alphabet book, unique and well rendered in watercolor and pencil.  I’m sharing this with our art teacher, I see lots of classroom applications for this simple ABC book - interpretation, movement, adaptation etc.  

EL, MS, HS - ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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