LEONORA O'GRADY by Leah Komaiko


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A nonsense rhyme celebrates a joyous older neighbor. Every morning, Leonora steps outside to water bulging bags of ""Popcorn from Paraguay/Snakeskins from Spain/A buffalo's toothbrush/A tube full of rain"" and other found materials; at night she dances in the city park across the street (""She's the moon shadow's daughter/The old statue's wife./And together they tango..."") until--on some summer nights--she falls asleep on a park bench. In Cornell's exuberant art, energetic dots and dashes define tumbled shapes in splashes of color as, trailed by the admiring young narrator, gray-haired Leonora grins cheerfully at the world and pushes a shopping cart exploding with tangles of bric-a-brac. A childlike tribute with no hint of the darker side connoted by Leonora's free-spiritedness.

Pub Date: May 30th, 1992
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins