Monday, July 29, 2019

"Llamas with Lemonade: An Unusual Animal ABC" - a bookwrap


"Llamas with Lemonade: An Unusual Animal ABC"

Ariana Koultourides

* Age Range:  5+
* Grade Level:  PS-K
* Board Book:  30 pages
* Publisher:  Annick Press
* Pub. Date:  September 10, 2019
* Language:  English

Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you to enjoy

Unveiling the Book

This adorable clever board book is one of the most delightful ABC books that I have ever read.  The animal characters are very sweet and do a magnificent job of introducing toddlers to letter recognition, upper and lower case letters and alliteration.      

The animals representing their alphabet letter often showcase unfamiliar objects which translates into vocabulary building for little ones.  The author parades alligators, jaguars, koalas, newts, urchins, x-ray fish and yaks ( just to cite a few) across the pages for  young children to enjoy.  

The illustrations are clear and uncluttered with vibrant coloured backgrounds that are very kid-friendly.   Every parent and caregiver strives to include an alphabet book into their preschooler's early childhood learning experience.   Teachers also search for quality ABC books to have available in their classrooms or elementary school libraries. "Llamas with Lemonade:  An Unusual Animal ABC"  is a perfect addition to include into your toddler's collection.  I highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps Rating:  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author/illustrator

Ariana Koultourides, a life-long resident of Munster, Indiana, graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago with a BFA in Illustration. As a child, she was interested in animals, flowers, rocks, drawing, and watching movies. Her favorite book was Where the Wild Things Are.
Ariana comes from an artistic family who has both inspired and supported her. Her older sister, mother, and grandmother all draw well. She was also inspired by her love of nature, especially animals. She now works as a freelance illustrator specializing in playful book illustration, custom illustration, and design. Most of her work is initially hand drawn in pencil or ink, and then colored and designed digitally through Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. She enjoys working with intricate characters and specific color schemes.
In addition to her freelance commissions, Ariana and her boyfriend sell their art at pop-up markets, festivals, and conventions. In her spare time, she enjoys wandering around her small hometown, venturing into nature and drawing small local critters such as squirrels, bunnies, and birds. On these adventures, she is accompanied by her chubby Chihuahua, Denali, who also tries to sit on her drawings while she is working. Her other interests include sculpting, painting, collecting flowers, listening to music, and baking.

Annick Press books 
by Ariana Koultourides

Annick Press books 
illustrated by Ariana Koultourides

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