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A Seaside Alphabet

TitleA Seaside Alphabet
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsGrassby, Donna, and Susan Tooke
PublisherTundra Books
ISBN Number0887765165
DescriptorsAtlantic Canada; Canada; English Language; Halifax; History; Illustrated; Nova Scotia; Painting; Picture Book

This alphabet picture book shows images of the Atlantic coast, from New England to Atlantic Canada. The text alliterates, naming a number of the objects related to the atlantic coast that are depicted in the paintings. Readers are challenged to find many more relevant items for each letter of the alphabet. A detailed description of each painting, explaining its setting and relationship to the culture and history of the region, is included at the back of the book. Furthermore, a list of the locations of each of the illustrations is provided. Author Donna Grassby is from Nova Scotia, and illustrator Susan Tooke lives in Halifax.


New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island

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In this alphabet book, each letter is accompanied by alliterative text and paintings full of people, places, creatures and things whose names start with that specific letter. It is up to the reader to find as many items as possible for each letter of the alphabet, and there is an answer key printed in the back of the book.