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An illustrated alphabet rhyme that includes the animals from alligator to zebra....

Title : A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius
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ISBN : 9780140503708
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius Reviews

  • David Goetz
    2018-09-17 21:22

    Historic interest (the Shakers!), a great list of animals both real and mythological, a lively rhyming scheme, silly and winsome illustrations by the Provensen pair (ofA Visit to William Blake's Innfame)--what more could one want in a children's abecedarius? Nothing.

  • lola Franco
    2018-08-25 14:25

    A really cute abecedarius. I enjoyed the illustrations. The kids, not so much.

  • Maria
    2018-08-28 21:17

    This is a strange and wonderful book that Shaker children apparently memorized to learn the alphabet and help chores go more quickly. The book also incorporates quotations that appear to be Shaker sayings. But the primary thrust is a rhyming list of real and mythical beasts. a short list of animals included on the list that I don't know even at my advanced age: Bobolink, Pickerel, Ichneumon, Auk, Angleworm, Xanthos, and Yellowhammer. However, as we tell the kids at reading tutoring, I can make educated guesses about the meanings of these names by looking at the accompanying pictures. A very cool book.

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-22 17:25

    Everything the Shakers did, they did perfectly. While education beyond a certain point was not important to their self sustaining and agrarian lifestyle, reading was. The Abecedarius is their tool for learning/teaching the ABCs. Based on rhyme and meter (knowing these to be aids in literacy development), the Shakers came up with this 'poem' of real and imaginary beasts that is quite simply fantastic. Read it to your kids or even your illiterate partner, its fun.

  • Rachel
    2018-09-08 16:25

    This book is one of my treasures. I wish I could find a better copy. Beautifully illustrated, and the abecedarius is fun - all sorts of animals in rhyme, helping little Shaker children learn their ABC's.

  • whimbrel
    2018-09-13 20:21

    A lovely alphabet song including real and mythical creatures. My mum used to sing it to me and now I sing it to my son. It's possibly the best lullaby ever.The illustrations in the book are wonderful as well.

  • Eléna
    2018-09-13 21:07

    Recently (much to my nostalgic joy) rediscovered this, one of my favourite as a child! It was the only thing that could send me to sleep, I'm fairly sure my dad can still repeat it by heart, I was never awake for longer than 'bobolink, panther, dragonfly, snail'.

  • Sylvester
    2018-09-15 14:10

    5* art5* unique abecedarian a sample:"Alligator, beetle, porcupine, whale,Bobolink, panther, dragonfly, snail,Crocodile, monkey, buffalo, hare,Dromedary, leopard, mud turtle, bear..."with an illustration for each!

  • george
    2018-09-04 14:10

    Apparently I received this for Christmas from my Aunt when I was two. Lovely Shaker book to learn about the alphabet and animals (some I didn't even know at 33!). Simple and lovely.

  • Megan
    2018-08-28 16:18

    Beautiful illustrations! I wish I could get a non-religious book with this style of illustrations. Any suggestions anyone?

  • Nancy
    2018-09-08 14:26

    A beautifully illustrated book based on the Shaker Abecedarius, a rhythmic listing of animal names used to teach children the alphabet.

  • Mckinley
    2018-08-25 22:19

    Nice illustrations. Interesting group of animals.

  • Kari
    2018-09-06 15:08

    Really neat words and illustrations.