ONE FALL DAY by Molly Bang

ONE FALL DAY

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Age Range: 1 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The ever-inventive Bang (two Caldecott Honors) uses some of her favorite images in a deceptively simple bedtime story with several layers of visual and conceptual meaning. Bang has constructed three-dimensional collages of handmade toys and interiors made of recognizable materials (a boxy blue car with bottle-cap wheels gives a clue to the sizes of the originals), which are then photographed with extraordinary clarity. The story takes a dark-faced doll (addressed in the second person) through one happily productive day. "You" and your friends--gray cat, paper crane, polar bear, dinosaur, yellow ball--wake in an intensely red room, well appointed with art supplies; enjoy breakfast and outdoor play; wonder at a rain storm and the leaves it brings down; spend the afternoon working, reading, and creating a childlike painting that recaps many of the day's activities; and complete the cycle after a cozy bedtime ritual. The busy, predictable day, crisp images, and primary colors that dominate the art are all perfect for very young children; meanwhile, Bang's sophisticated compositions and creative use of imagery and materials will engage older children and adults. A beautiful and intriguing book with much to discover at any age. (Picture book. 1-6)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-688-07015-9
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1994




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