Before she became a Caldecott medalist, Mary Azarian was a teacher in one of Vermont’s last one-room schoolhouses. In the late 1970s, the state board of education commissioned her to create “a farmer’s alphabet,” a series of bold red-and-black woodcut prints featuring the 26 letters, A to Z, and depicting scenes from Vermont life. Now gathered in book form, printed in two colors on beautiful paper, these striking woodcuts give us a child’s-eye view of rural New England – from Apple, Barn, and Cow to aX, Yawn, and Zinnia – a homey, large-as-life world that readers of every age will want to inhabit. No M for McDonalds in Azarian’s world: only Maple Sugar.
Praise for A Farmer’s Alphabet
No matter where children live – on a farm, in the suburbs or the city – they will love this handsome book.
A beautiful gift; a treasure to own.
—The Boston Globe
Each page is a frameable work of art.
—American Library Association Booklist
Azarian eschews the merely cute or quaint, creating a loving memorial to a way of life.
—School Library Journal