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A world of words : an ABC of quotations
Tobias, Tobi.
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New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, [1998]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
An alphabetical collection of poems covering a diverse range of subjects, from animals to zoos.
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Hamburg Library PS3570.O285 W67 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books

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An alphabetical collection of poems covering a diverse range of subjects, from animals to zoos.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4-8, older for reading alone. Great for reading aloud and sharing and then for looking at alone, this collection of vivid quotes and short poems is organized alphabetically, from Animal and Book to Yard and Zoo, with one or two passages per page and a full-page gouache painting opposite the words. Some of the clear collage-like pictures are reminiscent of Anthony Browne in their beautiful combination of the mysterious and the ordinary, and that is also the feeling in many of the quotes. The wild nonsense of Lewis Carroll for Unicorn is followed by a wonderful couplet from T. S. Eliot for Visit. There's a quote from Tolkien for Dream, from a Ute Indian for Home, from Lucille Clifton for Kitchen, from William Blake for Moon. The cover painting--a child at sea in a bathtub, with a huge open book as the sail--invites young readers to open the anthology and read. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)0688121292Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers will find a beguiling treasure trove of aural and visual delights in this abecedarian arrangement of excerpts from poems, letters and prose. Each spread presents one or two words, from Animal to Zoo, which thematically connect one, two or three quotations‘each quote notable for the sheer pleasure in language it betrays‘paired with a sumptuous portrait that integrates them all. As a compiler, Tobias (Pot Luck) goes beyond the light verse typical of collections for children (although Farjeon, Carroll and Lear appear here); her selections encompass a range both broad and diverse‘from the King James Bible to canonical adult poets such as Hughes, Dickinson and Stevens, to anonymous Native American poems. Malone (The Magic Flute) uses a sure, deft hand to create gouache paintings that interpret, rather than simply illustrate the theme. For instance, Malone sets in context a Joel Chandler Harris quote for "Fire"‘"Youk'n hide de fier, but w'at you gwine do wid de smoke?"‘with a scene of Br'er Fox and Br'er Rabbit regarding Uncle Remus as he attempts to hide flames beneath a fire bucket. The artist's pale foreground allows the fully realized characters to appear almost three-dimensional. Equally accomplished is the book's design, with its elegant yet tactile body and display type, and clever spot illustrations which intertwine with the initial letter of each word. A book likely to appeal as much, if not more than, to adults as to children, but one that will be savored by anyone who takes pleasure in the sound of words and the images they inspire. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-The power of words to conjure up images is splendidly viewed in this remarkable alphabet of quotations. A word is chosen for each letter of the alphabet ("Animal," "Book," "Circus," etc.), and readers are treated to one or more quotes that feature that term. Poems and verses from famous writers such as Edward Lear, William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll are mixed with those from the Inuit and Native American traditions as well as the Bible. The visual worlds that Malone creates for each word (or, in some cases, two words) with his gouache illustrations are filled with fantastical details and interconnections, dreamscapes heightened by vibrant contrasting colors. The artist has an engrossing sense of humor; he seems to be just out of view waiting with a quirky smile and asking "Did you get it?" Resplendent, unexpected delights await the eye and the ear and invite repeated viewing and reading.-Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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