________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 3. . . . October 4, 2002

cover Beyond My Hand.

Jorge Elias Lujan. Illustrated by Georgina Quintana.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood, 2002.
32 pp., cloth, $14.95.
ISBN 0-88899-460-5.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 3-5.

Review by Liz Greenaway.

* /4

 

excerpt:

I moved my hand/ and found a coconut.

I shook the coconut/ and found a lake.

I stirred the lake/ and found a fish.

This book is based on a poem by Argentian poet Jorge Lujan who now lives in Mexico City. Lujan's poem takes a simple approach in exploring the world around us. The text is simple, building on ideas, but it is also highly metaphorical, language that I'm not sure would be accessible to the young audience the book is targeting.

     The biggest drawback are the illustrations. Georgina Quintana also lives in Mexico City where she is an artist, primarily specializing in portraiture. Her watercolour and ink illustrations seem to be interpreting the text so literally that nothing else is added while her washed out images actually detract from the text. The images are fragmented and not visually appealing.

     The book jacket says that this book could only have originated in a culture saturated with magic and a sophisticated visual vocabulary. This may be so, but I didn't find any magic in this book.

Not Recommended.

Liz Greenaway has worked in publishing and bookselling and is now at home with small children in Edmonton, AB.

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