A Farmer's Alphabet
by Mary Azarian
David R. Godine, 1981, [Second Printing], ISBN 087923394X, full page illustrations throughout, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, neat & straight copy, ex-library, protected dustjacket, (see photographs)
'The Vermont Board of Education commissioned Azarian to create the 26 letters of the alphabet and illustrations depicting scenes little scholars find familiar. In book form, the work is virtually guaranteed success, for the artist is a brilliant full-time printmaker (who studied with the master Leonard Bakin and she has endowed the scene with wit, dignity and imagination. Both the capitals and lowercase letters appear in words "Apple" through "Zinnia," each tuned to doings in the country throughout the year. No matter where children live on a farm, in the suburbs, or the city - they will love the handsome book and so will adult connoisseurs of woodcuts as an art. [she] describes [her] techniques ... in a simplified introduction.' - Publishers Weekly
'With her signature woodblock prints, the Caldecott medalist Mary Azarian invites readers into her own garden to discover its simple joys. Revealing the variety of life underground, the bright comfort of a greenhouse on a winter's day, or the anticipation of starting seeds indoors in early spring, this striking alphabet book reminds us that gardens are perhaps our best way to live closer to the land and to the rhythm of the seasons.'