LITTLE PEAR TREE by Rachel Williams


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Age Range: 2 - 5
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An artful exploration of the seasons.

Starting with winter, the gentle verse, composed of one abcb quatrain per page, describes a seed waiting to sprout. On the following pages, spring blossoms appear, summer brings fruit, autumn leaves fall, and finally, moon and stars illuminate the full-size tree on a winter night. The illustrations, which were created digitally but have a printlike look, are full-spread works in warm colors layered with organic shapes. Flowers, seeds, leaves, insects, birds, deer and other creatures appear between the images, and some of them are hidden behind leaf-, flower- and fruit-shaped flaps. On the verso of each flap, which may be too delicate for the youngest toddlers, a simple caption labels the revealed animal or object. The images are seamless whether the flaps are open or not. One of the cleverest reveals is a pear-shaped flap that shows the inside of the pear and its seeds in cross section.

While not particularly accurate (if only pear trees really grew this fast), this is a lovely poetic encounter in both word and image. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: April 22nd, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7126-6
Page count: 12pp
Publisher: Big Picture/Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2014


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