Nonfiction Monday: Country Road ABC


One of the CYBILS NFPB nominees is Country Road ABC by Arthur Geisert.  Readers move through the alphabet through copperplate etchings that were hand colored with acrylic and watercolor.  I bet the process was lengthy but the results are exquisite.

Starting with the title page, readers are introduced a storm passing by the nearby city and then the illustrated journey through America’s farmland begins.

“A” is for ammonia fertilizer, “B” is for barn cats.  What Geisert does well is a black and white rendering of the object along with a whole scene about the object.  The simplicity of the layout allows for readers to ponder about life in the farmland.  I can see this book being used with a farm unit. There’s just so much to talk about on each two page spread.

If you wonder where this takes place, Geisert has cleverly put the location on “X” marks the spot: Latitude: 42-18’46” N
Longitude: 090-49’52” W.  

Clue:  Find out where Geisert resides.

Title: Country Road ABC
Author: Arthur Geisert
Illustrator: Arthur Geisert
Date Published: 2010
Pages: unpaged
Reading Level: All Ages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
ISBN: 978-0-547-19469-1
Source of Book: From the library.

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Happy Reading.