ONCE UPON A LILY PAD by Joan Sweeney

ONCE UPON A LILY PAD

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Sweeney's first book is about two frogs who live in Monet's lily pond. Every day, Monet comes to the pond to paint, and they pose for him. The text has a pleasing rhythm, but no story; it wanders from detail to detail: The frogs get married; a crow attacks their tadpoles; and one year Monet doesn't show up. The pictures don't aid an already aimless narrative: The book is small and the illustrations even smaller. They are kitschy stylizations that depict fuzzy scenes of small frogs in a pond with a little man (Monet) painting in the background. The fold-out reproduction of one of the real paintings delivers a stunning contrast to this sterile work. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8118-0868-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1995




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