A is for Bee: An Alphabet Book in Translation by Heck, Ellen

A is for Bee: An Alphabet Book in Translation

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The New York Times - Booklist Top of the List - World Kid Lit

What letter does the word bee start with?
If you said "B" you're right - in English!
But in many, many languages, it actually starts with A.
Bee is A??? in Igbo,
Aamoo in Ojibwe,
Abelha in Portugese.
And Ar? in Turkish.

Come and explore the gorgeous variations in the ways we talk about familiar things, unified and illuminated through Ellen Heck's eye-catching, graphic scratchboard details and hidden letterforms.


? "A gorgeous collection for linguists of all ages."
--Booklist (starred)

"The ultimate demonstration of inclusion, and the beauty of world languages. This lavishly illustrated multilingual alphabet book isn't about inclusion, it is inclusion."
--The New York Times

"Kaleidoscopic and delightful. Any lover of language, or any child who likes new sounds, will be entranced."
--Kory Stamper, NYT

"Beautiful. A book that presents an understanding far beyond the usual. Marvelous"
--Betsy Bird, SLJ Fuse 8

Author: Ellen Heck
Publisher: Levine Querido
Published: 06/14/2022
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 10.60h x 8.00w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781646141272
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Foreword 02/22/2022
Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2022
Booklist 03/15/2022 pg. 61
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2022

About the Author
Ellen Heck is a printmaker. For the past decade, through several print projects, she has explored questions about identity--its creation, variability, persistence and change. She studied philosophy at Brown University and art at SAIC. Inspired by reading Lithuanian alphabet books to her son, A Is for Bee is her debut picture book.

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