animal abc book

Amazing, Beguiling, Curious
26 Fascinating Creatures

Illustrations and Text by
Anne E.G. Nydam

Twenty-six creatures, from armadillo to zebra
(by way of grasshopper, nautilus, and yapok)
and every one of them amazing, beguiling, and curious.


The simple alphabetical format of this book of animals will delight the youngest children, while the fascinating facts will intrigue them as they grow older.  For budding scientists there are questions to draw out their curiosity and encourage them to learn more about the incredible world of animals.


But it is the twenty-six black and white illustrations based on block prints that will captivate all ages, from infants to their grandparents.  Both bold and detailed, these whimsical views of animals just may inspire children (and their adults) to sit down with a pencil and try capturing their own favorite creatures in art.

paperback, black and white
60 pages, 10x8 inches

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Did you know that dragonflies can't walk?
That mallard ducks can't get cold feet?

That black rhinos and white rhinos are both grey?

You may also enjoy the Animal Alphabet Poster.

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Praise for Amazing, Beguiling, Curious

Amazing, Beguiling, Curious was featured in a great blog post at Books of Wonder and Wisdom by Janice Floyd Durante.
The artwork is sensitive, accurate and elegant, bold enough to delight the child who doesn't read yet and beautiful enough to satisfy her parent.  Since an alphabet book is meant to be read over and over again it is important that it should remain pleasing after many readings. This one does.   
- Willa Kay