A childhood spent on the rocky Maine coast introduced Hannah Viano to the wonders of the natural world. A decade as an outdoor educator from Ketchikan to Cape Horn added the joy of sharing her knowledge and sense of place with others. Viano is the author of S is for Salmon and Arrow to Alaska.
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Viano’s S Is for Salmon (2014) focused on the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. Now she celebrates a more expansive landscape, captured in crisp images cut from black paper and colored digitally. Tidy black rectangles frame each illustration, accompanied by brief captions with intriguing details; on the page for H a spiral of tiny herring, set against a subdued blue backdrop, “keep safe by swimming together.” Elsewhere readers can learn the scientific name for lightning bugs (Lampyridae), that ants like to hang out in the petals of Queen Anne’s lace, and that wild violets can be found sprouting under dead leaves in the spring. An emphatic love of nature courses through the book, starting with its dedication, “to all of those who let children run a little wild, climbing trees and splashing in puddles.
The illustrations in B is for Bear are perfectly stunning...B is for Bear, and for book, beautiful and breathtaking!
—Good Reads with Ronna
B Is for Bear: A Natural Alphabet is a brand new book of paper-cut illustrations that includes animals and natural features from farther afield. Of all of the outdoor creatures she mentions in this book, from jackrabbits to yellow-bellied sapsuckers, I confess my favorite entry is for the letter K. Her short simple text reads, "What is another creature that belongs outdoors? KIDS!" and her illustration shows a tree with children climbing the branches.
—The Bookmonger, Kitsap Sun
Parents and teachers, make room on your bookshelves for two new titles. B is for Bear: A Natural Alphabet is Hannah Viano’s follow-up to S is for Salmon. The book is more general than her first effort, but it is a lovely addition to any primary collection. It features clean lines, striking paper-cut art, and informative text featuring flora and fauna.
E is for Excellent! Finally an alphabet book for nature lovers and dedicated "to all of those who let children run a little wild.
—Midwest Book Review
—New York Botanical Garden
Children as well as adults…will connect to Viano’s gorgeous art and text that are both scientific and poetic.
—Addicted to Saving