Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Picture Book: There Once Was a Camel

This simple picturebook has some of the most beautiful illustrations I've seen in years. Part Aesop's fable, part nonsense rhyme, the simple text tells the story of three animal friends. Their gentle silliness is illustrated with vibrant, soft watercolours in jewel bright tones.
The style evokes the heat and richness of a middle eastern desert night; beautiful enamel and brocade backgrounds make a reader want to reach out and touch the silk tents and soft clouds. Readers will want to spend hours gazing dreamily at these pages, pondering the wisdom of the author, famous Canadian poet P.K. Page. Highly recommended as a bedtime or quiet time read.
Picture Book/Poetry
Ages 3-7
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