RED SLED by Patricia Thomas
Kirkus Star

RED SLED

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A father and son go sledding in this deceptively simple tale. They are sad, so the father takes the boy out for some fun, as conveyed through a brief but descriptive poem. The lettering that makes up the clipped rhymes is as large as the subjects of the watercolor illustrations. Demarest uses rough black outlines and lots of color in his close-up paintings, father’s and son’s faces clearly reflecting the thrill of the ride. In a concluding note, Thomas explains that the poem is based on an ancient form called chiasmus in which the text leads up to a center point and then reverses its pattern. She illustrates the form on the last page of the book, where the poem is printed in full to show the pattern of rhyming pairs. A rabbit that appears throughout stands as visual counterpoint to the verse. Just why father and son start out so sad is never revealed, leaving the listener to ponder. The rhyme works wonderfully with the simple yet very effective paintings. A quietly exhilarating ride. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59078-559-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008




MORE BY PATRICIA THOMAS

ChildrenNATURE’S PAINTBOX by Patricia Thomas
by Patricia Thomas
ChildrenFIREFLY MOUNTAIN by Patricia Thomas
by Patricia Thomas

MORE BY CHRIS L. DEMAREST

ChildrenHURRICANE HUNTERS! by Chris L. Demarest
by Chris L. Demarest
ChildrenALPHA BRAVO CHARLIE by Chris L. Demarest
by Chris L. Demarest
ChildrenLEAPING BEAUTY by Gregory Maguire
by Gregory Maguire

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenFARTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith
by Grahame Baker-Smith