Mountains are an impressive sight anywhere in the world but those of the western mountain region of North America offer riches that are truly unique. This lavishly illustrated picture book presents snowcapped peaks, emerald lakes, tall pines and magnificent maples, and a range of birds and animals that will fill readers of all ages with wonder.The treasures and mysteries oMountains are an impressive sight anywhere in the world but those of the western mountain region of North America offer riches that are truly unique. This lavishly illustrated picture book presents snowcapped peaks, emerald lakes, tall pines and magnificent maples, and a range of birds and animals that will fill readers of all ages with wonder.The treasures and mysteries of nature are depicted in twenty-six full-color paintings, each with a line of alliterative text. Objects that begin with that letter of the alphabet are waiting to be discovered in each illustration. Complete with detailed information about each setting painted, this is a visually and mentally stimulating experience – from A to Z.From the Hardcover edition....
|Title||:||A Mountain Alphabet|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
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A Mountain Alphabet Reviews
I underestimated this book. To just flip and read, it is underwhelming, and I was almost quick to dismiss it, but this little alphabet book is surprisingly captivating if you actually spend time with it. Each carefully painted illustration is a puzzle in itself, challenging enough for the adult as well as the child. You could easily spend an hour on each page just being in awe of the detail. And, yes, while "S" is for Salmon, you'll feel a beam of pride as you notice that despite the quick alliterative sentence below, "S" is also for skunk, and for squirrel, and, oh, yes, there's a spider! Trust me, you'll get more into it than you think!
Reading through this book, I found that the author was extremely creative; not only in her word choice, but also in making sure the illustrations were up to par as well. To begin with, this is an alphabet book, mostly meant for younger elementary school readers. However, I found myself to be thoroughly engaged as I looked at each illustration and the detail that went into each page. What was most interesting to me, was that the pictures each have a letter hidden somewhere in the scene. Therefore, this is kind of a puzzle book, as students can sit down with the story and as they go through each letter, they can attempt to find the hidden letter in each nature scene. This allows the students to really look at each illustration and analyze the immense amount of detail that is put into the pictures. I also liked how the text was written for each letter. Margriet Ruurs uses alliteration in every single sentence she writes for the alphabet. This made if fun to read, although I did get tongue-twisted a few times while reading it aloud. With that being said, this is definitely a book you would have to practice reading aloud a few times before reading it to your class. Although the alliteration can be tricky to read out loud, it is brilliant how the author decided to use the alliteration in each sentence for each letter. To me, this technique really shows the importance of the letter, and gives multiple word examples to those students who may not know that the word "canyon" starts with a "c", for example. Lastly, the illustrations done throughout this book are beautiful. Each is like a majestic painting that holds an immense amount of detail. The illustrations alone make this book timeless, as you can keep reading it again and again, and find something you didn't notice before in the illustrations such as a small spider-web on a log, or a boat sitting on the peaceful lake water across from where you would be standing in the portrait. In addition, the author and illustrator were able to work together to make connections between the text and the pictures. Each illustration includes every detail from the sentence that Ruurs wrote. This is another unique quality I did not pick up on until I went back and read the book again. Overall, no matter how simple this alphabet book may seem, it is full of detail between the intricate illustrations and the use of alliteration in the text. I would most definitely be interested in sharing this book with my class.
The concept in this book is in the vein of "Animalia" by Graeme Base. The text in this book leaves something to be desired. I love some of the paintings in the book (not all because I'd rather they were just landscape art without the people), and the text would be better if it were centered on nature and a bit more poetical. My kids loved the art and want to go back through the book to search for other things in the pictures. There is a key at the back of the book. For example, for letter Aa the text says, "Avalanche slopes are aglow with aspen in autumn." The key at the back gives a list of other things that start with the letter A that are pictured.
I love the illustrations in this book. It's also a book my children and I can spend hours on as there is so many different things to find on each page.
Fun for the kids to try too find all the things starting with the letter.