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An African Alphabet
By author: Eric Walters   Illustrated by: Sue Todd
Selling Points: animal art prints, early learning, exotic animals, baby shower gift
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/14/2017
Pages: 28
Baby Board Book
Price:  $7.99
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An African Alphabet is a vibrant ABC book that introduces babies and toddlers to the unique variety of animals found in Africa. An alphabet for all ages, the stunning linocut-influenced artwork brings an uncommon selection of critters to life in this lively concept book.

From aardvark to zebra and all that's in between, little ones will love learning their alphabet with these colorful creatures.
Youth Services Book Reviews - September 11, 2017
"The engaging features of the animals and the beautiful colors are a visual feast. And there is pleasure to be had just in pronouncing the exotic animal names."
School Library Journal - June 27, 2017
"Stunning, animated linoleum images featuring heavy black lines, vibrant colors, and a range of familiar and not-so-familiar critters make this ABC book one that children will request again and again."
Kirkus Reviews—starred review - June 9, 2017
"An elegant African bestiary, from the familiar to the exotic. This eye-catching compendium of African fauna should delight young readers and instill an awareness of Earth's diversity of habitat and species…gorgeous, brightly colored artwork…brings these creatures to life...Images are clear and easily grasped; each is a striking work of art in itself. Even the alphabetic characters have the etched, stylized calligraphic look of block printing. A gorgeous alphabet for young adventurers."
Quill & Quire - May 15, 2017
"Walters draws on his abiding love of Africa for his latest offering, which takes readers to the savannah without the lengthy plane ride…Strong black lines and saturated colour offer striking visual interest."
Resource Links - February 15, 2017
"An African Alphabet has much more to teach than just the ABCs. It takes the child on an African safari of sorts, bringing animals alive in the text and illustrations, especially animals that are new or unfamiliar to the child/reader...Learning about animals in this vibrant and delightful book will take readers on an adventure to Africa from the comfort of their chair!...A delightful book for children of all ages, and maybe some adults too!"
CM Magazine - January 9, 2017
"An African Alphabet is at once a typical introductory alphabet board book, and, at the same time, it is nontraditional...it is unlikely that young viewers...will have had personal experience with any (or many) of the 26 birds and mammals within its pages...A true highlight of the book are the illustrations rendered by Sue Todd who has chosen linoleum carving as her illustration medium...An African Alphabet is an excellent alphabet book and merits both home purchase and acquisition by libraries serving its intended young audience."



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