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Mary Azarian,
Illustrator & Vermont Resident

Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener, an avid reader, and a champion bridge player—and, or course, a skilled and original woodblock artist. She has lived in Vermont for more than thirty-five years and her prints of rural life, including those for her first book, A Farmer’s Alphabet, can be found in homes and classrooms throughout the state. Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her hundred-year-old farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist’s vision.

Snowflake Bentley
Snowflake Bentley
Mary Azarian
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Often misunderstood in his time, Wilson Bentley took pictures that even today reveal two important truths about snowflakes: first, that no two are alike, and second, that each one is startlingly beautiful. His story, gracefully told by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and brought to life in Mary Azarian's lovely woodcuts, gives children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance, but a clear passion for the wonders of nature.

A Gardener's Alphabet
Mary Azarian
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Revealing the variety of life underground, the bright comfort of a greenhouse on a winter’s day, or the anticipation of starting seeds indoors in early spring, this striking alphabet book celebrates the simple joys of gardening. Without forgetting the frustrations—the nibbling critters and the hot toil—or the wry, humorous moments in the garden, Mary Azarian’s spare words and lovely woodcuts capture the essence of turning a plot of ground into flowers, vegetables, and trees. Insects, manure, and compost piles are as delightful as fountains and pumpkins and Queen Anne’s lace.

Whether we are young or old, our gardens both exhaust and renew us. They are our source of magic and wonder, providing for us a way to live closer to the land and the rhythm of the seasons.

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