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A Northern Alphabet by Ted Harrison

A Northern Alphabet

by Ted Harrison

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In 1982 this book was published as a stapled paperback. Now it has been reissued in board book format for a new generation. I'm so happy, because it's such a beautiful book, quintessentially Canadian, and the new format makes it much more accessible to preschoolers just learning the alphabet -- not to mention younger siblings. The choice of words is sometimes unexpected and amusing: O is for owl, of course, but this is definitely the only alphabet book I have ever seen that features oil rig and outhouse (how outré, one might say). Each page has an evocative sentence with two or three words starting with the letter in question, and there will be other objects starting with the letter hidden in the accompanying painting. Children will return to the pages again and again and find new things to look at -- or as suggested by Ted Harrison in the foreword to the 1982 edition, new stories to tell. ( )
  muumi | Apr 27, 2017 |
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This is a very cute alphabet book, full of delightful pictures that will appeal to children because of their bold, bright, and unusual colors. Harrison makes story-like associations with the letters, rather than the typically simple "A is for apple" associations. Thus, each letter is represented by two or three words rather than just one, and the words are set off in another color, so children can easily pick them out. The associations with things of the north is also unique and appealing, such as "Northern lights" for "N." This is a great alphabet book! ( )
  Coffeehag | Apr 27, 2017 |
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I am really loving this book. Of course, the art is gorgeous (which is to be expected from Ted Harrison), but the big blocks of colour not only show the beauty of Canada's North but also lend themselves well to the eyes of children who would be reading an alphabet book. The text is great. It is very playful with unexpected examples for each letter that also describe life in Arctic communities.
  marnocat | Apr 15, 2017 |
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I got this one as a board book. Good quality.
Concerning the content, it is a classic for good reason. Every page names (=spells) some words beginning with the letter in question, and each picture shows a few more words beginning with the same letter. Interesting art, appealing to children and might even inspire some young artists to draw in a similar fashion.
Love it! ( )
  AnneDenney | Apr 12, 2017 |
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Ted Harrison (1926-2015) was one of the most beloved of Canadian painters. Born and educated in England, he chose Canada as his home when he moved to the Yukon in 1967. While there, his work took on new prominence, not only as an artist but also as an illustrator and author. In 1987 Harrison was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian culture.

This board book edition of A Northern Alphabet will delight not only the children for whom it was written but any person of any age with a penchant for beauty, simplicity, and striking colour. Every picture tells multiple stories matching each of the letters of the alphabet. It is a stunning collection that allows all of us to experience, even if just in our imaginations, life in the north. You'll want to gift the young readers in your life with this gorgeous book but I'm betting you'll also want to keep a copy for yourself. ( )
  jbealy | Apr 12, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887762336, Paperback)

A is for Arctic, B for Bering Sea, C for Clyde River – and Z for Zangeza Bay – all to be explored above the 60th parallel.

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Introduces through brief text and illustrations, the letters of the alphabet and various aspects of life in the Arctic.

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