June 9, 2009

Alphabet Books

There are all sorts of alphabet books. Some are very simple, others are very sophisticated, but most can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Here are two books that should be in every child's library: 

by Barbara Nichol
illustrated by Sir William Cornelius Van Horne

Sir William built the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1909, he drew pictures of Victorian elephants on hotel stationery. Barbara Nichol pairs his illustrations with intelligent rhymes in this delightful book.

This is an absolutely wonderful book! Each painting, sculpture or collage contains a cleverly hidden letter, while the alliterative titles and captions add a touch of playfulness. This book will stimulate the imagination and creativity of children and adults alike.

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