In his only picture book, an eminent black artist (1911-88) displays a notably original style. Swirling his earth-toned...

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A VISIT TO THE COUNTRY

In his only picture book, an eminent black artist (1911-88) displays a notably original style. Swirling his earth-toned watercolors to represent the farm where a boy is visiting his grandparents, he creates unusual designs and memorable passages (a richly hued cow, an elegantly sketched frog). The patterned story--Mike finds a fledgling cardinal, discovers that she grows into an unsuitable house pet, and lets her fly free--is unexceptional, but serves as an adequate vehicle for the outstanding illustrations.

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 1989

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper & Row

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1989