MARY KATE by Helen Morgan


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Mary Kate is a prototypical five-year-old, devoid of any discernible individuality, who lives with her faceless Mommy and Daddy in a village of ""cozy little houses."" Her experiences offer an invitation for her coequals to explore vicariously the various epiphanies of fivehood -- starting school, going on a family picnic, losing a tooth, having her parents arrive in time to see her win a race at a school outing, but none of these incidents rise above the obvious and Mary Kate's adult-centered world is stultifyingly insular. Here and there the simple prose yields pleasantly surprising images -- snowflakes are ""like sudden winter flowers"" and children walking in line become a ""long, long wriggly crocodile""; a few more such images and Mary Kate's bland environment might have been transformed into territory worth exploring. As it is, it's easily comprehensible and momentarily reassuring perhaps, but there's little for even baby teeth to bite into.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1972
Publisher: Nelson