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An Alphabet in Bloom by Nathalie Trovato Book Review

An Alphabet in Bloom, by Nathalie Trovato | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | July 6, 2017

An Alphabet in BloomAn Alphabet in Bloom

Written and Illustrated by Nathalie Trovato

Age Range: 0-4

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Home Grown Books (2017)

ISBN: 978-0-9970587-2-7

What to Expect: Nature, Animals, Flowers, Alphabet

From A-Z, the natural world is full of interesting things to spot!  For ‘A’ a little black ant contemplates a big red apple. A caterpillar crawls across the page towards a sunny, yellow daffodil. A ladybird sits on a leaf, and a mosquito perches delicately on a spotted red mushroom. From dragonflies to frogs, violet ground beetles to zebra butterflies, this book is bursting with beautiful representations of the wonders of nature.

Natalie Trovato’s An Alphabet in Bloom uses exquisite cut-paper illustration in bright primary colours to invite young readers into the natural world. More than just an alphabet book, however, this volume doubles up as a captivating game of “I Spy”: over each of the pages, representations of different letters pose unaccompanied by any text or even a single letter to identify them. Instead, at the end of the volume, a page provides a long alphabetized list of items to be spotted in each picture. Lacking explanation or guidance, the book challenges readers to match unfamiliar pictures to unfamiliar words, with only their knowledge of the alphabet to guide them. Interactive as well as beautiful, the beautiful little book will help young readers build vocabulary, strengthen observational and critical thinking skills, and teach them about the natural world. Utterly lovely.

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About Nathalie Trovato

Nathalie Trovato is an artist from Southern France. She is living in Brooklyn, NY.

An Alphabet in Bloom, by Nathalie Trovato, was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like An Alphabet in Bloom by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , , , , and

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Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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