GO TELL AUNT RHODY by Aliki -- Illus.


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Viewed through rustic brown picture frames, Aunt Rhody's farm -- furnished with nightstand and sampler indoors and studded with flowering bushes and apple bearing trees outdoors -- has a pleasingly primitive Early American look. Certainly the contrast between the melodramatic fate of the goose, who's found upended in the millpond, and Aunt Rhody's beaming face as she stuffs her new many colored quilt is funnier than the whole of Quackenbush's raucous rendition of the song (KR, 1973) which buried the twist ending in a flurry of interpolated jokes and games. But the large-eyed children in empire-waist dresses and ruffled shirts who form a sort of chorus to the whole operation are too stylized and expressionless to serve as a point of reader identification and so intrusive that they undermine the pastoral illusion. Musical participation might cut the sweetness considerably.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Macmillan