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Discovering Nature's Alphabet Hardcover – May 1 2006

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday Books (May 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159714021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597140218
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,019 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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From School Library Journal

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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