This is an illustrated alphabet book.
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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature, and a CBE in 2017. She is the first recipient of Booktrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1 Lucy and Tom, a cherubic, tousled pair of siblings, are the stars of this alphabetized catalog of everyday items. Each letter is shown in both upper- and lower-case and is accompanied by a short paragraph, often containing more than one word to go along with the letter. While nearly all of the words are readily familiar to preschoolers, one or two may need explanationfor example, ``Y is for yachts on the water'' shows a group of children sailing toy boats ; some youngsters may not make the connection unaided. The few Briticisms (``cross'' instead of angry, ``sweets'' instead of candy) are easily understood in context. Hughes' humorous illustrations are cheerfully cluttered and untidy, and Lucy and Tom are a winning, if sometimes mischievous, pair. Too complex to be a first book on the ABCs, this will nonetheless delight listeners who need or want to reinforce their alphabet skills. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.
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Book Description Penguin Putnam~childrens Hc, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140505210