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A cow's alfalfa-bet
Jackson, Woody, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Objects that make up life on a farm are depicted from A to Z.
A. alfalfa -- B. barn -- C. corn -- D. dog -- E. egg -- F. flag -- G. garden -- H. hay -- I. icicles -- J. jerseys -- K. kittens -- L. lake -- M. moon -- N. night -- O. oak -- P. pumpkins -- Q. quack -- R. road -- S. snow -- T. tractor -- U. udder -- V. village -- W. woodstack -- X. Xanadu -- Y. yarn -- Z. zucchini.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books

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Black-and-white Holstein cows dot Vermont's landscape: a visual feast of valleys and lakes dissected by the lush Green Mountains. Vermont has the highest ratio of cows to people of any state in our country: one cow for every four people who live there.
Woody Jackson has lived there for more than twenty-five years. He has watched the seasons pass from glorious autumn foliage, to winter's many months of cold and snow, to muddy spring, to the green, green Vermont summertime. Always present are the cows.
This beautiful alphabet book will appeal to adults and young children alike.

Author Notes

Woody Jackson lives in Addison County, Vermont-the land of milk and honey. He discovered art and cows at Middlebury College, from which he graduated in 1970. He created ties among the dairymen and -women there and has been creating bovine artwork ever since. He also received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and lived in New York City. Vermont is where his heart and art coexist. His cows grace the sides of Ben & Jerry's ice cream trucks as well as many art collections.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Jackson transports his audience to Vermont with this simple alphabet book that, according to an endnote, celebrates the beauty of "the dairy farms in the Champlain Valley." A white border on each page contains a square watercolor painting that incorporates the artist's signature Holsteins (made famous by the Ben & Jerry ice cream cartons and trucks). Below each painting, a word introduces a letter of the alphabet: the first letter is enlarged and painted a solid color, the remaining letters appear in a unified black typeface. Each image captures a quiet moment of farm life: two cows walk past a field of "Corn"; a cow on a snow-covered field gazes at "Icicles"; white ducks swim by a grazing herd ("Quack"). Jackson's paintings have an impressionistic quality: in "Jerseys," for instance, golden-hued cows in the foreground appear against a band of green, black-and-white Holsteins stand behind them on a dusty-blue band, while ribbons of sunset colors (yellow, red, purple) rise up the page, culminating in an ocean-blue sky. Each painting stands alone as a remarkable work of art; together they create a visual ode to the beauty of the Vermont landscape. A magnificent addition to the alphabet book genre and a fitting tribute to a vanishing lifestyle. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Jackson has created 26 beautiful watercolor paintings-one for each letter of the alphabet from alfalfa to zucchini. His flat stylistic designs capture the New England countryside in each season. The clear, vibrant colors of the backgrounds give contrast and balance to the black-and-white cows found in each illustration. The resulting patterns are a visual delight. Offset by a white border, each one has a single word beneath it. Most of the items representing the letters will be familiar to children-dog, garden, moon, and tractor. The few unfamiliar things like alfalfa and Xanadu will stimulate questions, explanation, and discussion. An alphabet book with a fresh, artistic approach.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.