Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic

Steven Schnur and Leslie EvansAutumn: An Alphabet Acrostic is striking both for its vivid linoleum-cut illustrations and its simple, zen-like poems on an autumn theme, with one acrostic for each letter of the alphabet. The clear connection between the images and the suggestive text means this book works well for beginning readers, with poems as puzzles. James likes to guess what each acrostic spells. Kirkus Reviews: “A strong graphic presentation is balanced against the clear simplicity of ingenious text in this captivating picture book… For example, for the letter F, ‘FROST’ is spelled by reading the lines vertically; the text reads ‘From the window the/Rows of/Orange Pumpkins/Seem clothed in/Thin white shawls.’ The first letters of each line appear in cherry-red type and the rest in black, set in a box on each page of illustration. While the words are not haiku, they partake of the spirit of that poetic form in their spare, direct, and emotionally telling worth. Evans’ pictures, executed in hand-colored linoleum cuts, are full of saturated colors with an elegant use of the black line of that medium. Accessible and intimate, they depict people, animals, household objects, and outdoor scenes [in] this friendly read-aloud.” Note for dog lovers: Evans’ dog, Morgan, is featured prominently in the pictures. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: three jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on September 21, 2010.

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