"Rendered in semitransparent watercolor and colored pencil, the art has an ethereal look that misses out on the warm intimacy Michael Hague brought to his interpretation (1983; reprinted in 2008), but for technical accomplishment and stateliness overmatches Monique Felix's similarly formal pictures (1994) or the plethora of less-memorable versions. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Precious as the language sounds to modern ears (the term "nursery magic" alone will likely set the eyes of even preliterate listeners to rolling), Williams' 1922 classic remains a read-aloud standard thanks to the way big themes of life, death and change weave through its seemingly small and largely familiar domestic events.
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