________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 21 . . . . June 20, 2003

cover Trees Are Hanging From the Sky.

Jorge Argueta. Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood Books, 2003.
24 pp., cloth, $15.95.
ISBN 0-88899-509-1.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

** /4

excerpt:

I see trees hanging from the sky. At night their roots are snakes that wind tightly around the stars so as not to fall.

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A young boy’s mother warns him not to eat before bed or sleep with his hands on his chest or he will have nightmares. But he doesn’t listen, and, as a result, his vivid imagination takes over his dreams. He sees pink trees hanging from the sky, their roots snakes that wind around clouds and stars, their leaves fish playing among the branches.

     The book is very brief; there are only a few sentences per double-page spread. Argueta uses very simple words, but they lend a dreamlike quality to the text, while Yockteng’s light and playful watercolour illustrations add a touch of magic to the poetic words.

     Short and sweet, but, due to its brevity and limited usefulness...

Recommended with reservations.

Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird’s Hill School in East St. Paul, MB.

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