Hello, Friends! What better way to start the week than with a Giveaway! Today I want to share a book with you that makes our family
(Do you see it?! Do you see the word “Smile” written in nature?)
You know that our family loves nature, but once in a while we do have to hit the books! The pictures above are photographs of pages from an alphabet book that brings the best of both worlds together!
ABC’s Naturally is so much more than just an alphabet book. It’s an alphabet book, photography book and poetry book all in one! The book is a team effort between writer Lynne Smith Diebel and photographer Jann Faust Kalscheur. For each letter of the alphabet there is a beautiful colored photograph of something in nature that looks like that page’s featured letter. (You can see some of those photographs in the word “SMILE” above.) On the opposite page there is also a little verse of poetry that relates to the photograph in some way.
This book just oozes with cleverness! Take the letter “L,” for example. Can you guess what plant that might be? Maybe the poem will help you out:
If you brush against a spruce,
It shares a spicy smell.
Wet snow snuggles between its needles,
Helping you see the letter L.
Now you know it’s a spruce tree! What about the M? Can you guess what that might be? Here’s your poetic hint:
Cattails grow in mucky marshes;
Long leaves rise up from their stems.
They look like bent and broken swords
And make a leafy letter M.
For the nature-enthusiast, there is a section after the photography pages that gives facts and folklore about the items in the photographs. For example, did you know that some Native Americans used the cattail seeds to make diapers? That was new to me!
ABC’s Naturally is so much fun and inspiring! The final chapters called “Becoming an Alphabet Hunter” and “Collecting Your Own Alphabet” really helped our family to start seeing letters everywhere! Want proof? Here’s some pictures the Little Farmhands have taken on some of their alphabet-seeking-adventures:
Not every letter they found is in nature. Sometimes they find man-made objects that make great letters!
And is it considered cheating if you write your own letters in the sand and take a picture? =)
Now I know you’re all excited and you’ll want to head out on your own alphabet treasure hunt!
So, where you can pick up a copy of ABC’s Naturally?
Well, you can head over to Amazon and purchase it there for only $15.25
Win a copy! Just head over to our Facebook Page and click on the Giveaway Link (see the picture below)!
Then, tell everybody you know about this Giveaway because if you tell your friend about this contest and they win a copy, Lynne and Jann will send you a free copy, too! The more people you tell, the greater your chances of winning! Enter soon! This giveaway ends February 1st at midnight!
Happy Alphabet Hunting!
Disclosure: A big thank you to the authors for providing me with a copy of this book to review and also with two copies for the Giveaway! I always guarantee my readers 100% honesty in my opinions of any product and try to only agree to review products I think you and I will both enjoy. The Amazon links are affiliate links. Should you chose to purchase this book, using my links helps to support our farm and allows me to continue to bring you fun stories and great products! I thank you for your support.