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. Volume XVII Number 23. . . .February 18, 2011
Self-published in 1998, this alphabet book by Newfoundland artist Dawn Baker has been republished by Flanker Press and given a new copyright of 2010. There have been almost no changes, however, except in the production of the book. The colours of the illustrations have been slightly enhanced with the glossier pages, the font is a little bolder with minor editorial changes in the text, and the book is more sturdily produced.
Each of the 26 letters has a full-page illustration depicting the item(s) specified for that letter. Baker has chosen one or more nouns, verbs or sometimes phrases to represent aspects of the Newfoundland culture. Included is one place name - Eastport Beach for E. Some words will require explanation or specialized knowledge on the part of the adult reader. For instance, G stands for "Gull, Gannet, Grebe, Grouse," but there is no indication which is which. Some concepts are too abstract for those learning their alphabet, and the illustrations are not helpful. A lighthouse with an ocean horizon behind it is meant to exemplify "Vista from the cape" for V, and most problematic of all is the final letter Z which is depicted by two elderly men holding a bowl of berries to portray "Zest for life." A glossary would have been a useful addition as "Mummers," "Toutons and "Komatik" may be unfamiliar terms to many.
Recommended with reservations.
Alison Mews, a retired librarian, lives in St. John's, NL.
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