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Animal Abecedary: A One-of-a-Kind Alphabet Book

Leslie Haines

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This original animal alphabet series with its sophisticated imagery was created to appeal to adults but children delight in it as well. The book explores unusual imagery juxtapositions pairing alphabet letters with animals and unexpected objects beginning with that same letter. The series started when artist Leslie Haines discovered a human-faced walrus in an old engraving book. She was so drawn to that image that she felt inspired to create a visual story with the walrus as the central figure. The cicada-carrying cat was next, and from there, the rest of the alphabet was not far behind. Letterpress type, vintage engravings, original drawings, found objects, photography, and old book pages all mix together in collages that reveal original, inventive, and humorous scenarios. Animal Abecedary is truly a one-of-a-kind alphabet book that will bring hours of enjoyment and discovery to all ages.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 26 color illustrations | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355974

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Leslie Haines received an MFA in Graphic Design from Marywood University and an MA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Visual Communication in the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University. She also owns her own graphic design business found at lesliehaines.com. Ms. Haines has over thirty years of experience in the fields of graphic design and advertising and is now happily applying her skill sets, sense of humor, and love of type and texture to creating original imagery in the form of digital collage. Leslie Haines lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her daughter, three cats, and lots of artwork.