An exquisitely illustrated and heartfelt look at the traditions, history, and life of Appalachia, A is for Appalachia! introduces young readers to the alphabet while providing an endearing look at a region with one of the oldest and most distinctive folk cultures in the United States. This treasured book tells the story of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by showcasing the day-to-day life of the people and their struggles, unique culture, and oral traditions.
Written with a sincere appreciation for the history of life in Appalachia, Linda Hager Pack's eloquent, educational, and even humorous introduction to the alphabet appeals to young and old alike. Featuring more than thirty bright and whimsical illustrations by Pat Banks, this collection of traditional folk tales, recipes, Jack Tales, expressions, music, and even ghost stories come to life on the page. Truly a unique journey back in time, A is for Appalachia! provides an informative and entertaining representation of authentic Appalachian life.
""This book is a delight from beginning to end. I believe I love it as much as my two daughters do, and they adore it. A is for Appalachia! is entertaining, informative, and a perfect read. I can't recommend it enough."--Silas House, author of Clay's Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo, and Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal" --
""What a charming children's picture book! All [letters] combine to give a real feel for the heritage of the mountain region."--Appalachian Heritage" --
"Gorgeous watercolors.... Never did I imagine that reading an ABC book would bring tears to my eyes." -- Lexington Herald-Leader
"She touches on the foods, music and customs peculiar to the Southern Appalachians....A good primer about a much stereotyped and ridiculed culture that has persevered despite challenges from technology and tourism." -- The Advocate
"A new way to pass on Appalachia's heritage to the newest audiences...an enthralling narrative.. Adults and children alike, whether native to the region or not, will enjoy this." -- Everyday Living
"[Banks] wrote this book with an obvious deep affection for the region and its people. It differs from most such books in its scope and delves into Appalachian heritage. [Banks] does a wonderful job of capturing the old-time feel of the book's setting." -- Herald Courier
"Not only a good introduction to a vanishing but very important tradition; it's also a fun read." -- Harrodsburg Herald
"While it could certainly be used to teach the ABC's, it is also an inviting and educational tour of the region's history and heritage. A is for Appalachia is written for young readers but is a treasure for all.... Young and old will return to this book to be charmed while learning." -- Louisville Courier-Journal
"[Pack] wrote this book with an obvious deep affection for the region and its people...[Banks] does a wonderful job of capturing the old-time feel of the book's setting, and her depictions of faces are realistic and diverse." -- News Herald
"[Pack's] writing and Kentucky artist Pat Banks' watercolor illustrations capture some fading traditions, such as one-room schoolhouses." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"[ A is for Appalachia] helps young children understand the heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and the Scots, Irish, English and Germans who settled there." -- Knoxville News-Sentinel
"Feature[s] pictures that are both frame-able and words that are instructive and memorable, credits to the places they represent and excellent tools for learning both alphabet and geographical facts." -- Marilis Hornidge, Lincoln County News
"Entertaining as well as informative, it includes such themes as Appalachian music, quilts, ghost stories, and folk tales." -- Kim Johnson, Goldenseal
"The description of life in the southern Appalachian Mountains are vividly portrayed for the imagination to soak up all the color and traditions of the rich culture that is Appalachia... Everything is beautifully illustrated in order to saturate the eye while reading the text allowed you to feel that you are surrounded by the culture that is so distinct in Appalachia." -- Northern Kentucky Heritage