LITTLE YOU by Richard Van Camp


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Age Range: 0 - 2
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A mother and father profess their love for their little one.

With Van Camp’s spare second-person verse on the left-hand page and Flett’s graphic art in various shades of red, orange, tan, gray, black and orange against a white background on the facing page, the spreads lovingly depict a young child growing from infancy to toddlerhood. The young tyke (gender unknown) is almost always pictured with one or both parents as the babe dances with mommy, rides with dad in a boat and explores the natural world. The text has the gentle cadence of a lullaby: “Little star / with little wings // Let’s all dance / let’s all sing.” Flett, who is of Cree Métis heritage, gives each character tawny skin, almond-shaped eyes and dark hair. This, combined with her sophisticated and simple style, allows her featured family to represent relatively broad branches of the human family. The art, with the look of cut-paper collage, uses curved forms and playful prints to flesh out the affectionate tableaux. Some of the image and verse pairs are quite sophisticated (such as the line “You are mighty / you are small” paired with the image of the small baby seated on the beach but casting a very long shadow) and may go over little ones’ heads, but the soothing rhythms of the language and the affection of the scenes are right on target.

A poetic and joyful celebration. (Board book. 3-18 mos.)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4598-0248-3
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Orca
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