The ABCs of Brooklyn
The ABCs of Brooklyn
An Alphabet Guidebook for All Ages
This gorgeous alphabet guidebook features 42 large iconic Brooklyn scenes illustrating letters of the alphabet and the numbers 0-10. This special book encourages readers to learn, discuss and explore Brooklyn’s neighborhoods using whimsical alliterations and colorful numbers. It also includes lots of interesting facts, maps and plenty of things to entertain toddlers and adult readers alike.
A message to adult readers:
Brooklyn is physically and demographically large. Its richness is in the diversity of its people, their neighborhoods, and its colorful history and geography making it one of the best-known places in the world. Given the usual limitations of an alphabet book, we are aware of what we had omit. A hallmark of this book is its unusual use of language. As educators and parents, the authors know that children can learn the word “decorative” as readily as “dog” with appropriate guidance from an adult. Our choice of images and language, including the “footnotes” in light blue type, was guided by our desire to interest the adult as well as the child and to foster a dialogue between them.
hard cover, large 10.5”x 7”
48 pages, 78 color photos / maps, $16.95
About the Author: G. Augustine Lynas is a self-employed artist, writer and publisher. He paints, draws, designs games and also works as an art director, graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. For many decades he has provided a wide range of services for print, audio-visual, film, and video, including concepts, copy writing, logo designs, storyboards, production management and quality control for many small and large clients.
As a sculptor, Lynas works in most traditional materials including: clay, wood, stone, lost wax, cold bronze, ceramic, concrete, etc., He gained international recognition as a sand sculptor with the publication of his book Sandsong and the release of his documentary film of the same name. Mr. Lynas has been featured in worldwide media including: The New York Times, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, Games Magazine, Newsday, The Associated Press, ABC TV’s “That’s Incredible,” and others. He built a giant snow sculptor at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY. and co-produced documentary film about his sand and snow sculptures featured on HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. Recently commissions include: an elaborate concrete sand pit in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, huge concrete and wood sculptures in Marine Park, Brooklyn, large concrete animal sculptures in McCarrin Park, Brooklyn, 27 bronze animal sculptures in east River Park in lower Manhattan, and the copper weather vane on Central Park’s carousel. Lynas was the featured subject in a documentary film for Japan Public Television’s “New Yorkers”.
About the Photographer and Coauthor of The ABCs of Brooklyn: Peter Vadnai is a professional photographer who has specialized in corporate and industrial photography. In addition to his photographic career, he spent several years as a teacher in public schools. He and his grown children and their families live in Brooklyn. He came to Brooklyn later in life and found an endless source of artistic inspiration, fun and surprises. Peter set aside his professional cameras and lighting for his favorite point-and-shoot camera and available light to capture the joys of Brooklyn. he and Mr. Lynas have collaborated on several projects and are close friends.