“The playful artistry of the Waldorf Alphabet Book speaks to the heart of childhood. These lively illustrations, so filled with color, movement, eloquent gesture, and invention conjure up long-forgotten memories of books from a time when pictures were still alive and spoke with power. Each page is a magical door, opening to the bright realm where stories are enacted, a realm of wonders accessible to children, artists, and ll those in whom the light of imagination shines.
“The most important thing as you peruse the delightful pages of the Waldorf Alphabet Book with your child is the engaging conversation that flows between you as you search among the pictures for words.” (from the afterword)
In this delightful, best-selling alphabet and game book for young children, each consonant and vowel comes to life in vivid pictures that show each letter’s unique qualities in the world. The vibrant and playful illustrations help children learn the alphabet in the most natural and living way. This new expanded paperback edition includes a complete essay by master Waldorf teacher William Ward, “Learning to Read and Write in Waldorf Schools”:
This is the alphabet book for parents and teachers who want to encourage the most natural development in children. It is ideal for both at home and in the classroom. It also makes an ideal gift for your favorite young child or parents!
Famke Zonneveld, born in Indonesia in 1938, was an art teacher and an artist in watercolor, stained glass, lazure wall painting, and fiber arts. She taught crafts and the history of architecture at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and studied Goethe's color theories with Donald Hall, a student of Beppe Assensa. Her works are in numerous public and private collections. She died in 2005.
William Ward, a native of Michigan, majored in English literature as an undergraduate at Columbia University before studying elementary education at the Waldorf Institute of Adelphi University, where he received a master's degree. William was a Waldorf class teacher for twenty-five years at Hawthorne Valley School in Harlemville, New York, from 1976 until 2005. He had taken three full classes from grades 1 to 8 and was in the fourth grade with his fourth class when he retired to deal with the diagnosis of a brain tumor. A lover of the theater, William wrote numerous class plays and festival presentations and collaborated in all-school musical productions. He crossed the threshold October 5, 2008, at the age of sixty-one.