CM . . .
. Volume XVII Number 17. . . .January 7, 2011
Marthe Jocelyn has teamed up with her 19-year-old daughter, Nell, currently a student at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, to produce another winner with the preschool set and their parents. The very brief rhyming text, coupled with the pair’s collage illustrations, reveals an interracial friendship between two young girls while also showing their feather/hair ribbon interaction with a red-breasted bird, with all of the action occurring over a single day. As the book’s title indicates, the volume’s “learning” aspect is the young reader’s recognizing things that are presented either as singles or in pairs. On a first reading, the young listener/viewer will undoubtedly focus principally on the ones and twos that are specifically identified in the text. However, the Jocelyns’ illustrations offer so many more opportunities to find other ones and twos.
In addition to all the singles and doubles that are incorporated within the illustrations on each pair of facing pages, the Jocelyns have also created a border that runs across the bottom of every page and which contains items that relate to the pages’ “theme.” For instance, the pages that provide an overhead view of a park have a bottom border that contains objects that the park’s visitors might use there, things such as baseball gloves and a skipping rope. Those same two pages also have a “Where’s Waldo?” quality as viewers seek to locate the two girls among the crowd of people. The closing three pages have a very comforting quality to them as youngsters observe the two friends fast asleep in a single bed, accompanied by their “teddy bears,” while mother bird settles on her nest in which the book’s opening “two eggs” have been replaced by a pair of nestlings.
Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, resides in one house in Winnipeg, MB, that contains many twos.
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