GIFTS by Jo Ellen Bogart


by & illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7
Email this review


 Lively plasticine bas-reliefs depict scenes of another traveling grandmother (see Blackstone review, above) and the gifts she brings to her granddaughter from around the world. Bogart offers rhyming questions and answers: ``My grandma went to Switzerland,/said: `What would you have me bring?' `Just a chunk of cheese/and a mountain, please,/and a bell that goes ding-a-ling-ling.' '' As the grandmother proceeds through her journeys, she grows older while her granddaughter grows up; the exotic settings include India, Africa, Australia, Mexico, and the Arctic. Reid's now-familiar technique has grown steadily more inventive and these illustrations are astonishing. Whether in large, detailed landscapes or dramatic close-ups, the book contains a wealth of plastic effects, from the soft folds and textures of the grandmother's clothes to the sparkling bubbles of a foamy sea. The lyrical and lighthearted rhymes never convey the exuberance of the art but advance the story nicely by providing a sequence of cues for the pictures. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-590-55260-0
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1996


ChildrenCOUNT YOUR CHICKENS by Jo Ellen Bogart
by Jo Ellen Bogart
ChildrenTHE WHITE CAT AND THE MONK by Jo Ellen Bogart
by Jo Ellen Bogart
ChildrenBIG AND SMALL, ROOM FOR ALL by Jo Ellen Bogart
by Jo Ellen Bogart


ChildrenPICTURE THE SKY by Barbara Reid
by Barbara Reid
ChildrenTHE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
by Clement C. Moore
ChildrenPICTURE A TREE by Barbara Reid
by Barbara Reid