Sunday, September 18, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book two hundred and sixty-one

When I worked in a school I used to greatly enjoy seeing how my students were able to create a magical world out of things that they found in the school yard. A tree with low hanging branches became a pirates cave. A hanging bar became a bridge across a precipice. In today's picture book you will see how a little girl turns an everyday kind of event into a journey that is full of magic and wonder.

Ronald Himmler
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Star Bright Books, 2004, 1-932065-93-8
  It is a warm sunny day, and a little girl and her grownup leave their apartment in the “beautiful stone castle,” travel in the “magic box” (the elevator) to the street, and there the little girl sits astride her yellow giraffe (her little wooden scooter). Thus begins a wonderful journey that is full of wondrous people and things.
   As she travels down the sidewalk, the little girl says hello to all kinds of people. She sees a “wizard” feeding birds and a “magician” juggling colored balls. There are “monsters and dragons” working on the roads, and in the park there are gardens and fountains to play in and other wonders to enjoy.
   In this delightful picture book, Ronald Himmler shows us how a little girl’s imagination transforms a simple everyday outing to the park into a remarkable journey full of adventures and magical people and creatures.
   Throughout the book, the simple text is beautifully paired with Ronald Himmler’s expressive artwork.

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