Rio Grande Valley ABC

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The heart of Southern Texas—the Rio Grande Valley—is brought to life through rhyming text and vivid illustrations in this charming Texas-themed ABC book. Steeped in tradition at the crossroads between the United States and Mexico, the Valley’s residents have established a unique way of life, honoring their past and reaching for their future. Author Rickey Pittman uses the alphabet to celebrate the sights and sounds of this unique life in the Magic Valley, capturing a full list of experiences from the flight of the aplomado falcon to the delight of a daughter’s quinceañera, the spirit of mariachi music, and the ride of Antonio Zapata. Illustrator Julie Dupre Buckner splashes the pages with the hues of Valley life, from the bright butterflies gracing the grasslands to the clear night sky shining with stars in this informative and educational book for all ages.
ISBN: 9781941879009
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Images: 25
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 8.8 (w) x 11.1 (h)
Rickey E. Pittman, often called the “Bard of the South,” is an award-winning storyteller, author, and folksinger. The author of more than a dozen books and four CDs, Pittman earned a BA in New Testament Greek and an MA in English Literature from Abilene Christian University. He teaches college-level composition and literature and is a certified secondary English teacher. Pittman is also a tireless performer in great demand, with hundreds of performances annually at schools, libraries, festivals, conventions, and workshops, including many in the Rio Grande Valley. He can be found online at Julie Dupré Buckner is an award-winning artist who specializes in painting, portrait art, illustration, and design. Buckner received a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Louisiana Tech University and studied art in Italy. She has been honored with numerous awards including an ADDY Award, a national packaging award for Georgie’s Old Fashioned Nut Cakes, and praise for her work on advertising campaigns for Rolex USA, Mikimoto, and David Yurman. Her illustrations have been displayed at the Irving Art Center Museum in Texas and Children’s Museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and her portrait work is held in private collections through the United States. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Portrait Society of America, the American Society of Portrait Artists, and the Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild. Buckner lives in Plaquemine, Louisiana, with her husband and children.
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