A STARLIT SOMERSAULT DOWNHILL by Nancy Willard

A STARLIT SOMERSAULT DOWNHILL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In gossamer lyric verse, delicate as early snow, a whimsical tale of a reluctant rabbit who's persuaded to join his friend the bear in a long, safe winter sleep, only to find himself tossing and turning alone: " 'O prudent friend! O sleeping stone!'/The rabbit poked his silent back./'How I should love a little snack,/a tuft of grass, a bunch of bark,/a star to tame the lonely dark' "--and he escapes to dance "in starlit somersaults downhill," through the snow. Pinkney's watercolors are lusciously tactile, the monumental, somnolent bear wedged into generous double spreads while his ever-alert friend springs from clover to stream and almost off the page on a marvelous final foldout spread. Delectable. (Picture book. 4+)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-316-94113-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1993




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