Friday, September 12, 2008

ABCs: Bembo's Zoo

This alphabet book is a fascinating work of art in which the illustrations of animals are formed from the letters in the animal's name. Take a look at D for Dragon:
See how G forms the head, A forms the snout, and N forms the spines down the back while n forms the spines on the head? Can you find all the letters that spell Dragon in the drawing of the dragon? This alphabet book is fun for all ages. Young children can admire the creative representations of a zoo full of animals, and older children (and adults!) can marvel over the clever letter manipulation and play I-Spy to find all the letters in each drawing.
The letters used in these illustrations are in the Bembo font, hence the title Bembo's Zoo. The back of the book includes a history of the Bembo font. It is named after a Renaissance writer, Pietro Bembo, whose printer used a newly created font to publish his essays. I found more on the history of the Bembo font here.
Bembo's Zoo, illustrated by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, published by Henry Holt and Company, 2000.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

I like this one. That dragon is spectacular!