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S Is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabetby Hannah Viano
Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:00 AM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
Today, Hannah Viano will be joining us to read from her new book, S Is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet (Little Bigfoot). Based on the artist's regionally themed paper-cut art, this lovely children's book sheds a new light on the ABCs that will appeal to young and old alike. Join us!
Hannah Viano takes the alphabet book beyond the norm. Every letter is an intimate scene of the natural world of the Pacific Northwest, rendered in beautiful paper-cut art and brief, poetic text. A lovely book for both children and adults.
Synopses & Reviews
In this beautiful ABC book, C is for Crab; D is for Douglas fir; and E is for Eagle. Based on Pacific Northwest artist Hannah Viano’s regionally themed paper-cut art, this lovely children’s book sheds a new light on the ABCs that will appeal to young and old alike. Fans of Nikki McClure and Kate Endle will appreciate the beautiful handmade appeal of this book.
"Anemone, blackberry, crab, Douglas fir, eagle...this elegant alphabet book mirrors the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Except for the double-page spreads 'A for anemone' and 'Z for zephyr,' each Northwest entity is allotted one gift-card-perfect page, showing the capital and lowercase versions of each letter. The artwork resembles woodcuts, but Viano carves away black paper to shape her images. A soothing palette — creams, robin's-egg blue, pale greens, warm rose — sets a reflective mood in keeping with the quiet, still illustrations of close-up objects and landscapes alike....Much of the pictured flora and fauna, such as gull, lichen, nettle, pine cone, queen bee, etc. can be found elsewhere around the world. The author embraces her Northwest-resident status, using inclusive language like '[o]ur beloved ISLANDS' and extending her conversational tone with friendly admonitions such as 'Blame the squirrel for the falling PINECONE that hits you on the head while you rest against a tree.' Urchins and volcanoes and whales, oh my! This eye-catching alphabet book affectionately showcases the Northwest's bountiful beauty." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] gorgeously crafted, hardcover alphabet book that showcases natural elements like humpback whales, and bald eagles with [Hannah Viano's] vibrant, handcrafted illustrations." Portland Monthly
About the Author
A childhood spent among sailors and fishermen on the rocky Maine coast gave HANNAH VIANO an early introduction to the wonders of coastal flora and fauna. A decade as an outdoor educator, with teaching and adventures from Ketchikan to Cape Horn, added the joy of sharing her knowledge and sense of place with others. Now, as an artist and illustrator living in Seattle, she strives to mix natural history and art together in accessible ways, through public art projects, education, and site-specific installations. She received a 2012 Seattle CityArtist grant, and continues to show her work around the Northwest and beyond. The author lives in Seattle, WA.
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