"This beautiful book turns the alphabet into a visual treasure hunt, showing kids that letters can pop up in the most unexpected places: the curves of a door handle, the bricks on a wall, the metal of a lantern. Dont be surprised if your kid starts searching for A to Z wherever she goes, and perfecting her letter recognition along the way!" -- Education.com, Kindergarten Summer Reading List 2012
2012 Preferred Choice Award -- Creative Child Magazine
"Kaufman looks in unexpected places to find all the letters of the alphabet, and the results are creative and visually appealing." -- It's Fundamental (Children's Book Reviews from a Preschool Teacher)
"In this gorgeous picture book Elliott Kaufman transforms everyday scenes into magic by capturing 'natural' occurrences of letters in the everyday world." -- Cozy Little Book Journal
"Kaufman captures the art of letters in the everyday world. Photos of leaves, water pipes, shadows, crosswalks and cracks in the sidewalk fill the pages of this book that will have children and adults both looking at it again and again." -- San Francisco Examiner
"A fabulous book on letters." -- San Francisco Book Review
"This treasure of a book features the photography of fearless architectural photographer, Elliott Kaufman. [He] has truly carved out the secret life of the alphabet in his photographs, showing how letters really can be found in the ordinary things we encounter every day. . . .Each is sure to inspire little readers to begin their own quests into worlds of hidden letters, words, and meanings both between the covers of this beautiful book and out therein the world at large." -- The Daily Pretzel
Gold Medal in the Books Arts/Pop-up/Cut-out category -- Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2012
In this engaging and delightful book, photographer Elliott Kaufman reveals the "secret" life of the alphabet through his photographs, showing how letters can be found in things we encounter every day. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by multiple images, each unintentionally created by the intersection of architectural details, shadows, light, or natural elements as caught by Kaufman's keen eye. Some are obvious, while others demand a little more imagination to recognize, inviting the readers to start their own game of hunting for letters! This fun approach also reinforces the notion that learning to see the familiar in new ways encourages visual literacy and creativity.
Elliott Kaufman is an architectural photographer whose work has been displayed in venues such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Light Gallery (NYC). He currently teaches at Queens College and the International Center for Photography.
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