GENERAL STORE by Rachel Field

GENERAL STORE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another new picture-book edition of Field's poem about a child's fantasy of running a store. Nancy Winslow Park has illustrated this same poem (spring 1988), but Laroche's illustrations are more interesting, largely because of his laborious technique--employing three-dimensional cut-paper collages. Still, although it is fascinating to observe his effects, and the result is bright and attractive, the technique overwhelms the poem; the resulting stylization leads to a lack of animation in the figures, as well as to a timeless quality at odds with the subject's flavor. For illustrations that really convey a country-store's homey bustle, see Pearson's The Storekeeper (p. 1474/C-252).

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown