Friday, December 2, 2016

A Farmer's Alphabet - Children's book #Review & #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 12/11 #HolidayGiftGuide

Award-Winning Book Pairs Each Letter of the Alphabet with an Animal, Plant, or Natural Feature on a Sustainable Farm in Southern Maryland

The latest book by author and illustrator duo Charles Long and Christina Allen offers a fresh take on an old favorite – an ABC book celebrating sustainable farming illuminated by captivating rhymes and gorgeous watercolor illustrations.

“A Farmer’s Alphabet” takes young readers on a walk through a sustainable farm in southern Maryland. Pairing each letter of the alphabet with an animal, plant, or natural feature, the book offers lovely rhymes and a number of new words that children and their parents will appreciate, all set off by Allen’s charming illustrations.

A few examples:
E is for eagle and eggs from a hen. F is for fallow, for frog, fly, and fen.
I is for ice in the wintertime white. J is for jelly in jars sealed up tight.
O is for owls, for onions, and oats. P is for pumpkins, potatoes, and poults.

“A Farmer’s Alphabet” received the 2016 Silver Moonbeam Award for Alphabet/Counting Books, 2016 Evergreen Bronze Medal for Nature Conservation and the Bronze This Is Living Award, a category that included all books, not just those for children. Likewise, “Momma Tree,” the first book published together by Long and Allen, won the Moonbeam Gold Book Award and the Mom’s Choice Gold National Book Award.

Allen comments, “Sustainable living topics are very popular now. ‘A Farmer’s Alphabet’ introduces children to food and farming topics, and most of the paintings are from our own sustainable farm.”
“This book is a treasure. Every illustration could be framed on your wall…The children will love the new words they discover, and adults too will want to own this entire work of art.” ~ Amazon Review (Five Stars) by Rebecca L. Benton

Charles Long was born in Philadelphia, PA, but moved to New York City when he was very young. He studied monkeys in college, majoring in, among other things, anthropology at Brooklyn College and the University of Wisconsin. Eventually he went to seminary to become a pastor. Today, Charles lives in southern Maryland. He loves music (especially Bruce Cockburn), Colorado, the Green Bay Packers, the New York Yankees, and rescued greyhounds. After all, monkeys don’t make good pets.

Christina Allen lives on a sustainable homestead in southern Maryland with her husband Frank and a flock of sheep, chickens, and heirloom turkeys. Her first book, “A Micro-Chip on my shoulder; A True Story of a Little Poult,” won the Indie Award for Excellence in Children’s Books in the nonfiction category. Christina received her B.F.A. from the University of Rhode Island and her M.A.T. from Rhode Island School of Design. You can see a documentary film of her farm at

My Review:
A Farmer's Alphabet is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book. I feel that every child should have a copy, even if they live in the city or on a farm, they would really enjoy this book! My four year old daughter loved seeing the chicken, lambs and more. She likes us to read this book to her a lot, and it's helping her to remember her ABC's.

Buy It:

Purchase your copy today on Amazon (affl. link) or at your local book retailer.

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Enter below using the Giveaways Tools form for a chance to Win a copy of "A Farmer's Alphabet" children's book! Giveaway ends on 12/11/16 and is open to residents who live in the main 48 continental United States only.

Disclosure: I received one copy of "A Farmer's Alphabet" children's book in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.


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