O is for…

byTim Groen

Since man -sadly- seems to be in his toddlerhood when it comes to existing without being a destructive force to anything non-human, I thought the one-month anniversary of the BP Oil Spill was a cute occasion to showcase the following children’s book.

In 1972, when I was a little hippie toddler myself, Macmillan published ABC of Ecology, with words by Harry Milgrom, Director of Science, New York City Public Schools, and photographs by the super talented, renowned writer/illustrator Donald Crews (bio), who also designed this book.

Crews, who was inspired by Bruno Munari and Paul Rand early on in his career, also created We Read: A to Z (check it out here), which is another exceptionally beautiful, minimal and not-cute-in-a-good-way children’s book.

Here’s a selection from the very au courant ABC of Ecology.
(For an updated version I suggest G is for Genetic Patents, I could either be for Imported Species or for Insecticides, and S is for Space Debris)

Ecology Front Cover
Ecology A
Ecology FG
Ecology JK
Ecology NO
Ecology PQ
Ecology Back Cover

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Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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