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Voices In The Park Paperback – 5 Aug 1999
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Four people go to the park, and through their eyes we see four different stories about what took place there. There's the bossy woman, the sad man, the lonely boy and the young girl whose warmth touches them all. As the story moves from one voice to another, their perspectives are reflected in the shifting landscapes and seasons.
As with so many of Anthony Browne's works, this is an intriguing, many layered, hugely entertaining book which can be read again and again, and which will appeal to adults and children alike.
Voices in the Park revisits a previous book by Anthony Browne, A Walk in the Park, written 20 years ago, but now sadly out of print. (Age 4 to 8) --Philippa Reece
"Highly original talent . . . Browne's picures of the city streets and the park are a joy to look at . . . Anthony Browne first editions are likely to become collector's items" (Daily Telegraph)
"An instant classic" (Financial Times)
"The haunting Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne turns a simple tale and a visually stunning series of surreal pictures . . . into a many-layered odyssey . . . this book will last a long time" (The Times)
"A genuinely thought-provoking read, and, as usual with Anthony Browne's work, the illustrations, with their surreal references draw the reader in" (Sunday Telegraph)
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It is a great tool for teaching ideas about perspective, my son had never imagined that people see things differently from him.
Also my son is able to understand focalisation and the difference between direct and indirect speech, something I didn't learn until reading Joyce for my English Lit degree!
There is so much to read in the illustrations that my son scrutinises every page trying to find new things. The illustrations are full of symbolism and again, this book is perfect to introduce ideas of symbolism to a child. He is now (without realising) anaylising the book by using his own ideas to work out what each symbol means. I did not even dream of teaching my son these literay techniques before I found this book but it makes it so easy to understand.
My son loves this book and really enjoys reading it, he does not realise that he is learning from it.
I cannot rate this book highly enough and will be buying more from Anthony Browne.
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