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. Volume IX Number 21 . . . . June 20, 2003
Donn Kushner was a microbiologist who was also a musician and wrote for children. He passed away in 2001. The book is published by his estate with a loving foreword written by his nephew. Kushner obviously remembered and understood how a child’s mind works. This is a warm, gentle story that would be perfect for parents to read to children before and after the birth of a new sibling.
Sylvie Daigneault’s illustrations, with softened lines and muted colours, are a beautiful complement to the text. A few of the pictures are presented from the perspective of the pixie. Oversized mushrooms are magical-looking. A sense of continual motion comes from fairies that swish through the air (without being noticed) and tree bows that bend over the cradle protectively. The summertime setting provides more opportunities to embellish the drawings with flowers, greenery and sunshine.
Young children will enjoy this story and will want to explore the illustrations over and over. Parents will appreciate the assistance it can offer as young children adjust to momentous changes in their lives.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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