ONCE WE WENT ON A PICNIC by Aileen Fisher

ONCE WE WENT ON A PICNIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's the kind of a morning that just goes by, as four children set out for a picnic in the park but nibble away their lunch and their time on sidewalks, stoops and a vacant lot where they observe ants, a grasshopper, a water strider in a puddle, and other examples of the less pestilent forms of urban wildlife. Fisher's rhymed text sacrifices the jubilant bounce of Going Barefoot (1960) for a more natural walking pace, but, in the process, all the bug watching, cookie munching and sandwich trading becomes so ordinary that you question the likelihood of the children's happy realization: ""We had gone on a picnic/ All along the way."" Still, Tony Chen's clear, wide awake shoots and blossoms (his flowers as usual take center stage and the birds and animals outshine the people) project a fair day for mite-sized serendipity.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1975
Publisher: T.Y.Crowell