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Alphabet Wings is an alphabet book based on cities across the world. Each page focuses on a city whose name begins with a letter of the alphabet. The reader is invited to put on a pair of imaginary wings to help them travel around the world to visit the cities, starting the journey in Amsterdam and ending in Zurich. The text briefly identifies the country and a few distinguishing features such as landmarks, events or products for which the city is well-known.
A map of the world on the endpapers identifies the places visited in the book, marking them with the appropriate letter of the alphabet. The brief text is supported by simple collage artwork. The use of colour and shape effectively represent each city and its special features, as well as adding further details for the attentive viewer to interpret.
The story is written from an imaginative point of view that invites the reader to experience each city by travelling on the alphabet wings. The simple narrative is made more challenging with the inclusion of place names and events, which may require younger readers to have the book read aloud to them. The text and illustrations are informative with the intent of expanding the reader's appreciation of the cultural diversity of our world.
Ilana Kresner lives in Sydney with her husband Jeremy and son Joshua. She loves to travel and has captured some of her experiences in Alphabet Wings. Ilana has worked in museums in Australia and the United States of America and, as well as writing, she works as an educator running programs for students and teachers on Sydney Harbour.
You can find out more about Ilana, her current work and her book on the Alphabet Wings website (http://alphabetwings.com/).
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