Readers ""from Away"" (the phrase Mainers use to describe everyone else) will be delightfully surprised if they get past the...

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THIS IS MAINE

Readers ""from Away"" (the phrase Mainers use to describe everyone else) will be delightfully surprised if they get past the plainspoken title and embark on this journey to the easternmost state. The words and pictures are small and spare, but wield a large impact. In precise brushstrokes on broad white backgrounds, Segal's deft use of watercolors conveys an intimacy, even to the rocky landscapes and natural wonders. Equally engaging are his quirky skiers, campers, berry pickers, and other characters (it appears that nobody works in Maine except a few fishermen). Blackstone's appropriately laconic descriptions are so brief that the occasional poetic device almost slips by unnoticed (""This is a seal feeling the sun/and eyeing a kite flying.""). In a moment of whimsy, a tourist and local are displayed on facing pages in nearly identical garb; the differences are telling and funny, right down to the Mainer's cap, beard, and boots. This is a true collaboration between author and artist, a wholesome feast that will tempt all who encounter it to pack their bags and head east.

Pub Date: April 1, 1995

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1995