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. Volume XIX Number 13. . . .November 30, 2012
Picture My World is a lovely book for small children. It follows three siblings who experience the highs and lows of their busy lives. It's a fine accompaniment to Picture My Day, (Vol. XVIII, No. 36, May 18, 2012) a teaching tool about the details a toddler encounters from sunup to sundown.
Unlike its predecessor, Picture My World does not contain precisely labelled objects to explain what a child sees and touches. Instead, French writer Sérevine Cordier records activities such as 'At the pool,' where children exhilarate in the physicality and joy that water offers, and 'Where could it be?' when a child feels loss in the form of a beloved possession and friend. Illustrator Cynthia Lacroix, also from France, creates pen and ink and watercolour illustrations that capture the essence of the experiences. The emotions on the children's faces are suggestive, subtly drawn, but no less evocative.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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