A CANADIAN ABC
Lyn Cook. Illustrated by Thoreau MacDonald.
Volume 19 Number 4
Just when you think you have seen every possible variation on the theme of alphabet books, a new one comes along that is fresh and exciting. Lyn Cook's A Canadian ABC is just such a book. Cook has composed verse to accompany Thoreau MacDonald's illustrations, which originally appeared in 1931 in A Canadian Child's ABC.
A publisher's introduction explains that two sets of Cook's verse are included: the first, quatrains with overt rhymes; the second, free verse with internal rhymes and varying rhythmic patterns. In both cases, Cook's work is the perfect complement to MacDonald's black-and-white drawings, with words and pictures combining to create a wonderful mood and spirit of Canadian history.
As well as being a beautiful alphabet book, A Canadian ABC would be enjoyed by students of Canadian history, creative writing or art history. I highly recommend this title for all age groups.
Rebecca Raven, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, ON.
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