Anno’s Alphabet?

Mitsumasa, Anna, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York. Anno’s Alphabet? is something quite different.  At first when I read this book, I thought, “Anvil?  What child is going to identify with an anvil?”  But when I slowed down and looked carefully, I began to notice things like the borders (each page is different and intricately drawn), and then the differences in the letters themselves.  I had thought this book was more for art students than children initially, but then I thought about The Little Prince and realized, if Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is correct, children will notice all that the artist has done in this fascinating alphabet book and it will encourage their own creativity.  Mitsumasa’s talent and imagination are outstanding.

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