A Farmer’s Alphabet Book | Working Farm Alphabet | Woodcut Art - Alder & Alouette

A Farmer’s Alphabet | A Working Farm Alphabet | Woodcut Artwork by Mary Azarian

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Before she became a renowned children's book illustrator and printmaker, Mary Azarian was a teacher in one of Vermont's last one-room schoolhouses. In the late 1970s, the state board of education commissioned her to create "a farmer's alphabet" to provide balance in the classroom and provide rural children with reflections of their own lives. Those woodcuts, in bold red and black, became this book: A Farmer's Alphabet.  

In rustic images that evoke the sights and sounds of daily life on a farm--with its chores, animals, and gardens. A is for Apple, being picked fresh from a tree. D is for Dog, asleep in a cozy armchair. J is for the Jump kids make into a hay mound. N is for Neighbor to chat with across a picket fence. Z is for Zinnia flowers planted in the garden and, of course, F is for Farm.

This oversized book, perfect for sharing, represents a side of life rarely seen in children's books--a realistic view of a working farm as it provides an alphabetical view for children of country life.

Parents will appreciate the intricate wood cut art prints.



  • Written and illustrated by Mary Azarian.
  • Published by David R. Godine Publishing, Boston, Massachusetts; October 31, 2012.
  • Ages 3 to 6 years
  • 0.4" H x 12.7" L x 8.6" W (0.75 lbs) 64 pages
  • Softcover

We order this book to be shipped to you directly from the publisher's U.S. distributor; allow a bit of extra time for delivery.