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A Northern Alphabet by Ted Harrison

A Northern Alphabet

by Ted Harrison

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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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The author wrote and illustrated this alphabet book with a focus on Canada's north- specifically the Yukon. Each alphabet letter references an aspect of life in the north and features indigenous peoples. I like the fact that the words used to describe each letter introduce the young reader to a way of life that they either know or learn about. The drawings are all clear, and colourful. Harrison has produced a very handsome book for children that expands their knowledge about a part of Canada that perhaps they have not thought about before. This alphabet book reinforces the culture of the North for those who live there. I think that this is a resource that will be an important part of a child's education about the northern lives in the Yukon. ( )
  torontoc | Apr 7, 2017 |
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Nice size board book of the alphabet using words from the North and Canada. I liked how the words that began with the same letter were in bold and a different color to make them stand out. The illustrations were large, colorful and simply drawn - for me a little too simply drawn, most of the people in the illustrations had no faces. Some of the words that were used may be too big for younger children; for example, "vaccination" and some words I would have to look up the definition for, such as, "muskeg" and "root cellar." Overall a good book to show the culture of Canada with new words to add to vocabulary. ( )
  tdwells82 | Apr 5, 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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