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The Alphabet of Bugs

The Other Colors

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The Alphabet of Bugs

Do you know what a Chrysina resplendens or a Papilionidae butterfly looks like? Travel through the alphabet with The Alphabet of Bugs to learn about the many beautiful and unusually named bugs found in nature—and brush up on those ABCs as well! Valerie Gates’s charming alliterative style paired with Ann Cutting’s stunning photographs of all types of bugs is sure to delight curious children and adults alike.


Children who already know their basic bugs will broaden their horizons, and parents who are tired of simple butterflies and beetles will find this book worth rereading. Spectacular photographs of insects of all kinds will inspire children to learn more about the different creatures found in the natural world. And while children learn about bugs, they are also learning the alphabet through silly sentences. This is an ideal gift for new parents and for young nature-loving children!

The Alphabet of Bugs poster

Travel through the alphabet with The Other Colors to learn about the beautiful and unusually named colors found in nature—and to brush up on those ABCs as well. Valerie Gates's charming alliterative style paired with Ann Cutting's stunning photographs of colors found in nature—ecru eggs, scarlet scallops, fandango feathers, limerick lizards, azure abalones, and more—are sure to delight artsy children and adults alike.


“Primary colors are so...primary. This square-format ABC book focuses on colors that readers have probably seen, but perhaps never before heard named. Large white capital letters appear against solid blocks of color, while alliterative phrases describe the image on the opposing page.  ...a visual and verbal treat.” -- Publisher’s Weekly

The Other Colors: An ABC Book by Valerie Gates and Ann Cutting

The Other Colors

The Other Colors: An ABC Book - poster

The Other Colors poster



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Valerie Gates is an award-winning photographer with over 25 years of innovative work, including shoots for Motown, Warner Bros., and CBS.


This new series of travel photography calendars feature Valerie's favorites from stunning locations around the world.


They are available exclusively on Lulu


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