WINDOW MUSIC by Anastasia Suen


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Age Range: 3 - 8
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Trains make a music all their own with the wheels drumming time as the scenery flies by—“trains on the track/clickety clack.” In simple rhyme, Suen (Baby Born, p. 1196, etc.) conveys the wonder of a girl’s train ride home from her grandparents’ home, and it’s no gray commute. The train goes through orange groves, past banana trees, beaches, and vineyards; the engine strains to climb tall snowy peaks, and races down valleys on its way to the city. Finally, “into the station, our destination” shows a father greeting his wife and daughter, who has narrated. In Zahares’s first picture book, pastel drawings curve and flow with the train over bulbous hills and chunky tracks; a scene of a sleeping child on the title page implies a dream journey, so the stylized illustrations accentuate objects in adventurous ways, e.g., grapevines that resemble barbed wire, and waves as flat and white as spilled milk. A glowing trip. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-670-87287-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1998


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