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Holiday Signing: "A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute"

A playful picture-book tour of the Swedish alphabet, in which curious characters explore the American Swedish Institute

A playful picture-book tour of the Swedish alphabet, in which curious characters explore the American Swedish Institute

 

A is for “Akta dig! Look out!” And when you do, you’ll see the nyckelharpa, or keyed fiddle, that Axel’s father made—which followed Axel from Sweden to America. You’ll also find Axel, a snappy dresser, with his umbrella and bowler hat. He’s one of the inquisitive characters who will accompany you on these pages, guiding you through the twenty-nine letters of the Swedish alphabet. Each letter does something exciting. C is “Cirkulera! Go round and round!” And for D, “Dansa! Dance!”

This fun introduction to the Swedish alphabet, a romp from A to Z (and then Å to Ä to Ö), is also a delightful tour of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, a cultural center alive with stories past and present. Artifacts from the museum’s collection are charmingly rendered in watercolor and decorated with whimsical pen-and-ink characters that draw readers from page to page. Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson, a mother and son collaborative team, create magical realism in A to Zåäö, their first picture book. Their irreverent curiosity delights and begs a timeless question—how can exploration and discovery help us grow?




 

Event date: 
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
Next Chapter Booksellers
Saint Paul, MN 55105
A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781517907884
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - December 3rd, 2019