Too often in the holidays parents go for the cheap breakable “now” gift. This year go for the “always” gift. A great book. To that end, we recommend Marie Angel’s An Animated Alphabet. A beautiful book that any parent can use to teach children about the natural world and their ABC’s.
Almost thirty years ago, Marie Angel was commissioned by Philip Hofer of the Houghton Library, Harvard University, to create a new animated Alphabet. Harvard published the work however only in black-and-white.
Here it is reproduced as it should be: in full color. All twenty-eight drawings (every letter, plus title and colophon pages), printed in this small bijou of a book. A jewel not only for collectors of alphabet books but for also for any child.
Printed by Godine, — and no we are never afraid at FAB to recommend a great book by another publisher — you’ll be able to explore more of the book through the magic of Google previews if you visit their site: http://www.godine.com/isbn.asp?isbn=1567920233
Softcover, 64 pages
And while you’re picking up this treasure for you child, pick yourself up a copy of Nature Illuminated, a 16th-century Abecedarium fit for a king, Rudolph II to be exact.
Available through J. Paul Getty Museum
64 pages, hardcover