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THE STORY GOES ON by Aileen Fisher


by Aileen Fisher & illustrated by Mique Moriuchi

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59643-037-0
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

“Nature red in tooth and claw” receives a disarmingly serene treatment in this posthumously published piece. Fisher adopts a simple verse style to record the cycle of nature: It all starts with a seed, whose sprout is promptly eaten by a bug, which is snatched up by a frog, which in turn is gobbled by a snake, and on up the food chain until busy sexton bugs get to work on the remains of it all. Newcomer Moriuchi’s mixed-media collages feature thin layers of bright color over newsprint; the text that shows through the colors gives the blandly smiling critters both energy and edge. She rightly relies on emotion to convey the harsh realities of the food chain, the frog’s smug smirk thinning into dismay as the snake cheerfully engulfs it. While it’s certainly not the norm to have picture-book characters perishing all over the pages, this offering deals with the realities that underlie so much of the literature for the young: It’s a natural extension of old Mr. Rabbit’s being put into a pie by Mrs. McGregor. And the stories go on. . . . (Picture book. 4-7)