A Mountain Alphabet.
Margriet Ruurs. Illustrated by Andrew Kiss.
Review by Deborah Mervold.
A Avalanche slopes are aglow with aspen in autumn.
B A black bear browses on berries in the boreal forest.
C Climbers cling to the canyon wall.
P We picnic by a parking lot in the provincial park.
S Spawning salmon slowly swim up the shallow creek.
This delightful combination of words and paintings is a must for beginning readers, mountain lovers and explorers of all ages. Each painting combines with text to illustrate one of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Readers can search each painting for plants and animals whose names start with the featured letter and find the letter of the alphabet hidden in each picture.
The quality of the paintings and text could each stand alone; combined they both interest and educate the reader. In her introduction, Margriet Ruurs offers a brief explanation of North American mountains and their charm. At the end of the alphabet section, a list of the items on each page dealing with the dedicated letter is included, as is a further explanation of each painting. These explanatory pages increase the educational aspect of this volume, making it suitable for a variety of age groups.
The love of wildlife and the outdoors is obvious in both the paintings and the text. This volume would make an excellent addition to any library and a delightful gift to give or receive.
Deborah Mervold is a teacher-librarian in a grade 6 to 12 school and a grade 12 English teacher at Shellbrook Composite High School.
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