Synopses & Reviews
An American classic is born! Breathtaking folk art-style illustrations that are ageless as well as timeless capture the culture, history, and heritage of the United States--from A to Z. It's a high-quality, exquisite tribute to America.
With beautiful pictures that echo the artistic legacy of generations of American painters, award-winning artist Martin Jarrie has created a unique volume that everyone will cherish. It's suitable for little ones learning their ABCs, slightly older kids who want to find out more about their country's symbols, and grownups who appreciate fine art. Best of all, it truly goes to the heart of the American spirit in all its diversity and depth. Here are treasured landmarks, significant events that shaped the nation's development, and also the flora, fauna, and fun things so dear to our hearts. A is for alligator, and B is for baseball--and the image shows a great big mitt, a player at bat, and a pitcher winding up. G is for the Grand Canyon, portrayed in deep, earthy colors topped by a violet sky. H is for Hollywood, depicted in a witty montage. P features Pilgrims, R has a Rodeo, and U reminds us of the Underground Railroad. At the book's end, two spreads with thumbnail versions of every picture provide additional background information. No other American-themed ABC is its equal.
"French artist Jarrie brings a fresh perspective to this engaging alphabet book, which doubles as an illustrated geographical, historical and cultural tour of the United States. His images form a comprehensive catalogue of Americana: 'B is for baseball/ C is for cars/ D is for the Declaration of Independence.' Even the art style is uniquely American: flattened perspectives applied with earth-toned paints layered on wood emulate the folk-art style of Colonial times. A few of the examples beg for explanation, either because their particular connection to America is unclear ('A is for alligator'; 'O is for oranges'), or because the reference may be obscure ('X is for X-roads'), but Jarrie provides a four-page addendum in which he offers additional factual background. (He explains that 'The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America' and that 'X-roads' refers to the crossroads of highways 49 and 61 in the Mississippi Delta.) Jarrie clothes his characteristically elongated human figures in regional and period garb: the jockeys at the Kentucky Derby (K) wear their uniforms while a spectator dons a fancy dress and hat; a Native American wears blue jeans and a headband as he paints Navajo (N) artwork (the appendix discusses the Navajos' crucial role as code talkers during WWII); and folks travel by covered wagon in the Smoky Mountains (S) decked out in fur hats. With hallmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Liberty Bell and the Grand Canyon (plus a host of human contributors), this book offers a dignified representation of the country, A to Z. Ages 3-8" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
With beautiful pictures that echo the artistic legacy of generations of American painters, award-winning artist Martin Jarrie has created a unique ABC book. Breathtaking, folk art-style illustrations capture the culture, history, and heritage of the United States from A to Z. Full color.