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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Apples and Robins, by Lucie Felix. Chronicle, Raincoast. 2016. $23.95 ages 3 and up

"All you need for a
birdhouse are walls
and a roof and a little
door ... and a string
to hang it with.

Now there is a place
for a robin's nest.

But all you need for
 a storm .... "

You say you want fun in the books you read? And you want smart? You get both in this clever and very inventive book that has cut outs, geometric shapes and many surprises. For instance, we are told that what we need for apples are circles and the color red. They are there on the page ... flip to the next, and three white circles on a red background become three shiny red apples on white background,  hanging delicately from a leafy branch.

We move on to rectangles, both short and long that quickly become a ladder. Or two circles that are bites from ripe and yummy apples on the following page. As each page is turned, children will 'ooh' with wonder at the transformations. Each scene is cleverly connected to what has come before and what is sure to happen next.

It will inspire readers to try their hand at creating their own art using shapes, color and space. An appealing walk through the seasons, done with thoughtful brilliance, this is a book that holds attention and appeals to the artistic nature of the young child. Cut outs are an intriguing way to create those special moments. This book captures that through the simplicity of shape and thoughtful, brilliant design.

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