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Charley Harper ABCs: Skinny Edition Board book – Nov 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; Skinny Edition edition (Nov. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193442921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429211
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charley Harper was an American illustrator who worked from his studio in the woods near Cincinnati, Ohio, until his death in 2007, at the age of eighty-four. He is beloved for his delightful, graphic, and often humorous illustrations of nature, animals, insects, and people alike. Charley liked to say that when he paints a bird, he doesn't count all the feathers in the wings--he just counts the wings. Minimal realism, he called it, and his unique and precise style continues to resonate with and inspire his admirers both young and old.
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My little on LOVES his letters. He is really drawn in by the colorful and unique illustrations. Font is Bold which is great. Only wish it showed lowercase too.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ed68dbc) out of 5 stars 62 reviews
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f363900) out of 5 stars A is for Awesome June 13 2008
By Julie Neal - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! The illustrations of animals on each spread are graceful works of art. The delicate use of line, color and shape sometimes looks Japanese, sometimes like a collage made of construction paper. Others are loose pen-and-ink drawings.

You can tell the late Charley Harper loved animals, as his affection for them jumps off the page. There is so much personality! In D is for Dog, the smiling spaniel has dirt on his nose and legs, and you can almost see him panting. In I is for Iguana, two giant lizards battle for a captive tiny pig, swinging their tails and rearing up. Q is for Quail shows whirring wings on a fat and happy bird.

The inside covers show a collage of dozens of other Harper animals, most of which are not used in the book.

The board book itself is a little more sturdy than most. It will hold up well.

Charley Harper's ABC's is an outstanding way to introduce fine artwork to young children. Other good choices include Zen Ties and Walt Disney's Cinderella.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f027dd4) out of 5 stars Things to delight both children and adults Feb. 2 2010
By Wayne Farmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
The "U is for Underwater" page really grabbed my attention. There are 3 molecules illustrated above a scene of water and lightning. Guess what - it's the origin of life on Earth!

The left molecule is CH3NH2 - Methylamine, the simplest primary amine.

The center molecule is NH2CH2COOH - Glycine, the smallest of the 20 amino acids.

The right molecule is CH3CHO - Acetaldehyde, which can condense with cyanide and ammonia to give, after hydrolysis, the amino acid Alanine, which is the next largest amino acid.

Simple organic molecules like these are thought to have been formed by lightning or hydrothermal vents, and to have been the building blocks of life in the waters of the ancient Earth.

Not the sort of thing you'd expect to find in an ABC book!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f027e40) out of 5 stars Delightful board book Sept. 5 2008
By Thomas Pine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
This book is a great sampling of Charley Harper's work and a great ABC board book for kids.

There is something interesting or cute in nearly every picture. Harper's unmistakable style makes the alphabet enjoyable.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eea193c) out of 5 stars Classical Harper May 29 2008
By Donald Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
ABC's uses Harper's stylized graphics of animals with few words and lots of nature study. Delightful for adults and educational for children. I am a Harper fan and would not normally buy a board page book. The unusual binding makes the board pages work well.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f08a7e0) out of 5 stars Beautiful for children and adults! Sept. 5 2008
By L. Higbee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
This book is BEAUTIFUL! What a fantastic way to learn the alphabet and be inspired at the same time. Harper's artwork is gorgeous, inspired and whimsical.

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