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ABC Menagerie

"Inspiration is everywhere" is something we say often at Compendium. It's a philosophy we live by. The thought always reminds me of children, for whom inspiration truly is everywhere. Children have a gift for finding opportunities wherever they go and special moments in ordinary days. They savor a single cookie, a bright rock, an unexpected feather. They find beauty wherever it lies.

When Compendium's CEO stumbled across artist Elena Targioni's studio while on vacation in Italy, her sculptures awakened in him a child's sense of wonder and delight. And when the rest of us saw her artwork, we had a similar reaction. Everyone wanted to hold Elena's soft and whimsical sculptures. And everyone was curious to know what was in store for these wonderful creatures.

After some long conversations, lots of writing, countless hours of design, and four days of photo shoots...

we created this:

our latest addition to the Compendium Kids line. ABC Menagerie is one of those books that's sure to enchant any child (and plenty of adults, too). Each animal is introduced with whimsical poetry, and pops off the page with personality and vivid texture thanks to the work of talented photographer Hank Drew and his assistant Genevieve Pierson.

Do you know someone who'd like to meet a new friend or two? Maybe a whole menagerie? Would you like to give someone a cheerful reminder of the sense of wonder we can take in the world around us? This book makes a beautiful gift for any child, or for anyone you know with a childlike heart. Ayo the aardvark, Brunhilde the bear, and Chione the camel tell us they can't wait to meet you!

Tags: children's books · gift books · inspirational products

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kimberly 12.20.2011 | 2:02 PM

    I would be delighted to share this book with my two year old son - who is just now discovering the world of letters!
  • 2 Jenna 12.20.2011 | 3:11 PM

    I would love to share this book with my 9-month old niece. I just purchased her first Compendium book (Tickle Monster) and can't wait to continue to teach and inspire her alongside your products!
  • 3 Ann comstock 12.21.2011 | 1:43 PM

    I would love to present this to my niece at her baby shower as a gift. I already have The Tickle Monster for her. what a way to start a baby.
  • 4 Olga 01.16.2012 | 8:39 AM

    Love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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