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Sunday, February 12, 2012

no two alike, by Keith Baker. Beach Lane, Simon & Schuster. 2011. $18.99 ages 2 and up

"almost, almost...
but not quite."

You need say little when you fill each page with elegant, beautifully crafted illustrations that will have young readers finding new interest on every one of those pages. Keith Baker brings his lovely and lively view of a young child's world to his newest book.

We have always been told that no two snowflakes are exactly alike. Does that apply to everything in nature ? You may know twins who look like carbon copies of each other. It takes little time to discover that there are slight differences that will set one apart from the other. Keith Baker uses that premise in following two wee redbirds as they explore the snowy landscape that is their home.

Off they go, with curiosity and joy, to see their world. Preschoolers are invited to make their journey of discovery with them. Everywhere they look, they see things in pairs. Birds, snowflakes, trees, feathers....they look the same. Look closely and you will see that they are not.

Keith Baker has created artwork that perfectly matches the exuberant exploration of this winter outing. It's lovely to visit the snowy landscape with our tiny guides as they flit from nest to forest floor, from tree to fencepost and from river to sky where snowflakes fall in peaceful quiet on every page.

It is a gentle message for the very young...we are each unique and wondrous. Despite the season, there is warmth and joy as readers and listeners share the antics of two small birds finding that wonder in their world.

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