ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky
ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky
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Annotation: Discover the alphabet from a bird's-eye view.
Catalog Number: #128563
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 64
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-10-199581-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-10-199581-5
Dewey: 793.73
LCCN: 2016955486
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
"Let your imagination take you across America on a journey to discover the alphabet like you've never seen before." The creative project of the Kickstarter campaign "Aerial Bold," this title offers young and old readers a unique opportunity to hunt for letters of the alphabet throughout America's conterminous landscape. Using satellite imagery and computer technology, hidden letters can be found "in the shape of buildings, roads, trees, or even lakes." Simple prompts spark inquisitive readers to look for clues ("Can you spot the A?"; "Where's the M?"; "There's a W hiding somewhere"). Pages and pages of intricate full-page scenes let reader's imaginations go wild as they search for additional clues reminiscent of other things, such as shapes of animals or funny faces. Gross and Lee provide inset maps with locations and topographical coordinates for map enthusiasts. Answers to question prompts are included, as well as additional letter clues for further searching. A delightful anytime book with hours of entertainment. Don't be surprised if adults want to get in on the fun, too.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4 As a concept book, this unique approach to the ABCs will engage early learners as they seek out the letters hidden in the shapes of our landscape. This is the culmination of a Kickstarter campaign project called Aerial Bold. Each spread uses satellite imagery to map out letter forms from all over the United States. Readers search for the letters while discovering other shapes and designs in the terrain. Older readers can learn about the precise coordinates of each letter; for example, the letter R was taken from an image in Oviedo, FL, located at N 28.6851°, W 81.2115°. The digital technology was gathered from a database supplied by aerial imagery from Mapbox and data provided by the OpenStreetMap community and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Back matter contains a glossary of infographics to aid in each letter's discovery. A supplemental page includes additional letters to search and discover. VERDICT Supporting 21st-century learning by combining art, science, math, and design, this is a strong purchase for school and public libraries, learning commons, and maker spaces. A noteworthy picture book that is sure to inspire. Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K

Discover the alphabet from a bird's-eye view!

Geographer and designer duo Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee have taken the alphabet to new heights—literally! Using satellite imagery and computer technology, the pair has discovered "accidental letters" all over the world: in roads, rivers, buildings, lakes, and more. Take a journey around the Earth in 26 letters with this special book.

“A delightful anytime book with hours of entertainment”—Booklist

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