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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday Books (May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159714021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597140218
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

When Melville wrote about nature's "cunning alphabet," he meant it metaphorically: humans, he argued, see in nature only the lessons they seek. But husband-and-wife team Castella and Boyl have discovered a literal alphabet in the natural world, and they present its examples in 92 lovely full-color photographs. The images span the grand (set against a backdrop of the Grand Canyon, twin branches of a juniper tree form a Y) and the minute (the vein of a yucca leaf curls into a Q), the ancient (the O of petrified wood) and the brand new (the curving G of a mangrove seedling). Leaves, corals, branches and shoots form most of the letters, though there are icicles shaped like an M, a gecko curled like a P and an inlay of quartz that looks like a U. The text is rudimentary and encouraging—the sort of thing that adults should ignore unless they are reading to rapt children: "Nature holds a secret world filled with hidden letters. The best way to find them is to slow down and explore." Though it's sweet and simple, this is also the sort of book that might spur its readers, young or not, off the couch and into the great wide readable world. (May)
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Grade 2 Up Castella and Boyl have assembled a portfolio of photographs of natural objects that form individual letters of the alphabet. From beaches to deserts, they discovered letters large and small in vines and flowers, tree trunks and seedpods. The minimal text urges readers to undertake such explorations to find their own hidden patterns. Two to five photos for each letter provide plenty of examples to encourage such discoveries. Information on photo locations follows an explanatory afterword about the project. None of the shots was staged; the photos were not retouched. Obviously the book is not for alphabet novices. However, it would work well to spark interest in a number of subjects, particularly science, art, and design, and could be appreciated by budding naturalists. Stephen T. Johnson's Alphabet City (Viking, 1995) and Joanne Dugan's ABC NYC (Abrams, 2005) record human-made structures. All these books should stimulate readers to explore the world around them and to look more closely at their surroundings. Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
an imitation Oct. 5 2007
By Carman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book, published in 2006, copies an earlier book, ABCs Naturally (Trails Books, 2003), in concept, in format and even in some of the text. The authors then have the audacity to claim that it is "the first ABC book of its kind". Shamelessly derivative.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful July 11 2006
By Genevieve Mcglinchey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This husband and wife team have presented a beautiful hardcover book encouraging children to look for the shapes of the alphabet in nature. While it inspires children to take a creative perspective, it is also a stellar example of beautiful and ethical nature photography; None of the many photographs have been staged or retouched in this collection of photographs, mostly taken in the western United States.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Discovering Nature's Alphabet Nov. 10 2007
By Carrie S. Robbins - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. I give it at every baby shower I go to, and it is the hit of the shower. It gets passed around and everyone wants to know where to get it. The photography is absolutely stunning and both kids and adults enjoy the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful ABC-Nature Book Nov. 9 2007
By D. Miller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. I cannot believe they found all of the letters in nature. I really like the end where they tell you what each picture is and where it was found. Not only are my children learning their letters, but we are now always on the hunt for our own letters to photograph.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
exceptional pictures Feb. 7 2010
By Le retraité heureux - Published on
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I recommend strongly this book for all lovers of A, B, C books.
A must to have.
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