|ABCs from space : a discovered alphabet|
Author: Voiland, Adam
An alphabet book of photographs of Earth taken from outer space that look like each letter.
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/17)
School Library Journal (08/01/17)
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—There is a certain nerdy awesomeness to Voiland's photographic journey through the Roman alphabet—the sheer wonder of finding patterns in nature, especially ones that happen to resemble A's and B's. Voiland combed through countless NASA satellite images to find waterways, weather systems, and cloudscapes when compiling this collection. An ending key identifies each picture (A is Lake Mjøsa in Norway) and provides a detailed description (what satellite took the image, the date, and more). A world map is also featured. The photos are fascinating and the concept is intriguing, but the layout begs the question—who is this for? Will the presumed audience for alphabet books—preschool and early elementary—really be interested in flipping back and forth between the alphabet and image key? The process of locating and recognizing the pictures is the most valuable aspect of the book, but may very well be above the heads of most young readers. VERDICT The subject matter doesn't quite line up with the complexity of the format, and little effort is made to integrate the two, making this an idiosyncratic but enjoyable read for the most scientifically-minded of kids.—Emilia Packard, Austin, TX - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.