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Beautiful drawings, but...
on 2 February 2009
When I read to my young children at night I find myself reaching for those books that I like. There are those which are my favourites; those which I avoid unless my daughter explicity asks for them; and then there are those that I'll only pick up if I've not read for sometime, just for variety.
This book falls in to the latter category. OK, it has a message of mutual compromise and trust, and the story is crafted expertly enough for my 4 year old to appreciate these messages; but it doesn't really engage either my daughter of myself. Additionally, some of the illustrations depict imaginary scenes, ones which don't actually occur in the story and a 4 year old finds this confusing. Its not a book we find ourselves reaching for often.
BUT - the illustrations are superb, beautifully detailed and works of art in their own right.