"An outstanding alphabet book, this is highly recommended..."—Críticas
|Críticas Top Bilingual Books, 2007|
|Language||Bilingual - English & Spanish|
|Product Dimensions||7.5" x 7.5"|
|Publication Date||December 1, 2007|
|Starred Review|| - see reviews|
|Rights||All Rights Available |
Delicate hand-painted animals from Oaxaca lead little ones through a bilingual alphabet.
Every ABC book worth its cover price is bound to have bright colors and big letters. But not every ABC book has magical hand-carved animals to illustrate every letter. And very few alphabet books present those letters in more varieties than English! Very few alphabet books except the ABeCedarios, that is! In this brightly colored book, the alphabet is presented in both Spanish and English, and includes the four additional letters—and whimsical animals—that make the Spanish alphabet so much fun.
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The famous folk artists, brothers Moisés and Armando Jiménez
, carved the wonderful animal figures that illustrate each letter in ABeCedarios. Working with their wives and children in the beautiful village of Arrazola in Oaxaca, Mexico, they carved and painted each enchanting animal by hand. For many centuries, people in Oaxaca have carved wood to make toys and household objects. However, it was Moisés and Armando’s grandfather Manuel who started making animal figures. Now more than sixty families in Arrazola make their living from wood carving.
works at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She is the co-author with Pegi Deitz Shea of Ten Mice for Tet (Chronicle Books, 2003), a book inspired by the Vietnamese embroidery she saw while working in international relief in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is trained as an art historian and studies the process of folk artisans around the world.
K. B. Basseches
is an artist, photographer, and art educator. She was an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Art Education, and served as a staff photographer at the Smithsonian Institution in the Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Basseches has exhibited throughout the mid-Atlantic region and in the Los Angeles area. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her young son and husband.
|Seemingly the typical alphabet book with large type, this volume stands out for its artwork: gorgeous animal wood sculptures created in Oaxaca. Every letter is illustrated with a full-page photograph of a colorful hand-carved animal whose name either begins with or includes that letter. |
Weill displays the English and Spanish names below the image and include notes on a few of the letters, such as in the “ch” and “ll”, which are no longer part of the Spanish alphabet, and the “rr”, which is a commonly used sound yet not part of the ABC’s. Also mentioned is the “ñ”, which belongs only to the Spanish language and is used to spell vicuña (one of the few unfamiliar animals, along with wapiti).
An outstanding alphabet book, this is highly recommended for all libraries and bookstores.
|- November 15, 2007 |
|A is for…Children can learn their alphabet (in two languages) as well as get an introduction to an array of unique animals in ABeCedarios. |
Featuring vibrant wooden sculptures by a Oaxacan family of artists, the primer offers up animals both familiar (“the flamingo/ el flamenco”) and unusual, such as the nutria and vicuna, for each letter of the alphabet, as well as for uniquely Spanish sounds, such as “ll,” “ñ” and “rr.” The highly saturated color backdrops and stunning sculptures should win over readers of all ages.
|- January 7, 2008 |
|Midwest Book Review |
|ABeCedarios is a bilingual English/Spanish ABC book featuring photography of stunningly beautiful carved wooden figures of animals, done in the Oaxacan tradition by sculptors Moises and Armando Jimenez. There is a carved animal for each letter of the alphabet (including the letters unique to the Spanish alphabet, such as n with a tilde), in this colorful and inventive way for teaching a young child their ABCs. |
Highly recommended; even adults will enjoy lingering over the unique animal artistry
|- January 9, 2008 |
|School Library Journal|
|Gr 2-4- Mexican folk-art figures are the focus of this colorful alphabet book. Each page presents a small Oaxacan woodcarving of an animal done in a rainbow of colors. The only text is the animals' names in Spanish and in English. For example, "the Dolphin/el Delfín"; "the Elephant/el Elefante." The sculpted figures display personality and enough vibrant energy to leap off the pages. Unusual or rare creatures-a hybrid Zedonk, a unicorn, and imaginary "X" animal-appear as examples in whimsical colors and imaginative patterns. An attractive choice for folk-art study or libraries with large collections of artistic ABC books.|
|The Santa Fe New Mexican Magazine|
|"Children’s books with Spanish and English text side-by-side are not uncommon, but this one has an extra treat: photos of animal carvings by a well-known family from Oaxaca, Mexico...lovely and colorful creatures that add charm to the book. Certainly something to catch a child's eye."|
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