A Pioneer Alphabet

A Pioneer Alphabet Cover

A Pioneer Alphabet

By Mary Alice Downie; Mary Jane Gerber (Illustrator)

Tundra Books (NY), Paperback, 9780887769610, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2009

A is for Abigail and Anna, Zebediah's two sisters. He is making them an alphabet book.
From B, which stands for bandalore, a forerunner of the yoyo, H for the hornbook that taught children to spell, and on through the pigeons that blackened the sky, to the uniform that Papa wore when he defended the king, right through to X for the eXhaustion of parents who are homesteading. This lovely romp through the seasons on a pioneer farm is full of fascinating information.
Artist Mary Jane Gerber has placed numerous items in each of her paintings and detailed borders, and there is a useful list of them for readers to find. Author Mary Alice Downie has included detailed background notes, making this a sweet introduction to our history.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
MARY ALICE DOWNIE is a pioneering children's author of historical fiction, folktales and picture books, and is the co-editor of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon award-winning book "The Wind Has Wings". Mary Alice and husband John Downie also co-authored "Honour Bound" and "Danger in Disguise". They live in Kingston, Ontario.