THE FOLKS IN THE VALLEY by Jim Aylesworth

THE FOLKS IN THE VALLEY

A Pennsylvania Dutch ABC
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 From ``Alarm clocks ring;/It's almost dawn'' to ``Z's the sound/Of their well-earned rest;/They sleep in peace./Their lives are blessed,'' a daylong depiction of a picturesque way of life. Aylesworth tucks lots of typical activities into his neatly rhymed text; Vitale combines traditional stylizations with some mischievous touches--a cat pursues a mouse through a row of pickle jars, a quilter grimaces while threading her needle, a split panel shows an axman ``splitting'' oak (actually, he's chopping across the grain). Vitale's decorative panels are rectangular, softened by a broad arch at the top; colors are soft and rich, modulating from primitive primaries to more sophisticated earth tones. A beautifully designed book, effective both as an alphabet and as a lighthearted tribute to ``the folks.'' (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-06-021672-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1992




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