The Alphabet for Life written and illustrated by Fran Norris, publisher Clink Street Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
To buy link: https://amzn.to/2PPH60m
An alphabet book with a difference! Who said A is for Apple? Why not A is for Acceptance?! Let’s learn the alphabet using words that will inspire and empower everyone to thrive in life! Packed with fun illustrations and thoughtful quotes and themes, The Alphabet For Life is a unique children’s book the whole family can enjoy and learn from for a lifetime.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Fran Norris’ debut book: The Alphabet for Life.
The Alphabet for Life is a truly special picture book, it says in the write up on amazon that’s it is aimed at children aged 4-7 but after reading and enjoying this little book I would say it is completely suitable for all ages. I’ve worked in environments with children of all ages and have had the pleasure of reading to my own children so can totally appreciate the gift of learning and enjoying through books.
Fran Norris has created an alphabet reference book with meaningful words. For example instead of A is for Apple we have A is for Acceptance. Alongside each alphabet there are quotes that correspond and relate to the new themes and in the foreground we have delightful drawings. These quotes would have more emphasis on older children and adults and I found myself thinking how true and relevant the words were.
The drawings in the book need a praise all by themselves as they are clear, colourful, quirky and lots of fun and if you look closely you can spot lovely little scenes being played out by the animal characters, some slightly going off-piste. The images reminded me a little of the Richard Scarry books with lots going on across the page to keep your little-ones talking about the characters for a good while. I could easily imagine a child creating their own story just from looking at the pictures in the background.
In a world that is fast-paced we need constant reminders to slow down and pick up a book. A book that is suitable for all and would be an ideal ‘coffee table’ style book. Whether you read the whole alphabet in one go or just a few pages you will gain something from this unusual take on the alphabet. Mindfulness is a process that needs to be in your everyday life and the combination of inspirational quotes and words with delightful drawings I think Fran Norris has created a winning formula.
About the Author
Fran Norris is a mother of two living in Devon. Like most parents, her daily life largely involves coming up with creative approaches to making the good-for-you stuff enjoyable and appealing to children. She believes that education should nurture our natural curiosity and empower each individual to reach their fullest potential. Inspired by the playful way children approach any task, from brushing their teeth to eating toast, Fran is convinced that fun should be at the core of all learning.
As a former scientist, Fran approaches life as a wonderful experiment and loves to question everything. Her children provide a never-ending source of mystery and challenges to be solved. Creating THE ALPHABET OF LIFE reconnected Fran with her love of drawing and painting, encouraging her to work as an illustrator now.