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A Perfect Day

A PERFECT DAY

by: Berger, Carin
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description It snowed.And snowed.And snowed.After it snowed,everyone bundled up andwent outside to play.You come, too! Carin Berger's exquisite collages illuminate, from dawn to dusk, the perfect winter day. From School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-Berger is captivated by the look of the landscape after it has snowed and the interest that lines, shapes, textures, and light add to the view. Her cut-paper compositions build snow-covered hills with ledger-book paper that has been brushed with paint; the pale blue script and lines show through, adding depth and mystery. The text floats down with the flakes in the opening spread. On the following pages, tall bare trees and, later, glowing lampposts add a vertical dimension to the horizontal world. Children emerge singly and in small groups. First the focus is on footprints and the lines from skis and skates. Then it is on the fun of throwing snowballs, making snowmen and forts, and sledding. The climax is a spread of 18 snow angels, after which the youngsters proceed to their respective homes, which are spread out on the hillsides as in a Currier and Ives scene. Berger's brief narrative describes the children's actions; it is the pictures that convey the wonder. A quiet celebration of a phenomenon that transforms everything it touches.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From Booklist The perfect day is a snow day, and Berger, with very special art, portrays it as perfect indeed. Using a delicate collage made from old paper ephemera—catalogs, notebooks, letters, and newspaper and book pages—the look is distinctive. As for the story, well, it’s more of a mood. A group of children, almost puppetlike in appearance, run through the snow: Emma is the first to make tracks, Leo skies, Sasha and Max throw snowballs at Oscar. Snowmen are made; snow forts are built. Frozen ice is ready for skating. Then all the children make angels in the snow. Throughout, the focal point is the hilly whiteness. Kids, and even a towering snowman, decorate rather than become the center of attention. Only the double-page spread of 18 diminutive children waving arms and legs into angels is enough to blank out the snow. Readers will love looking at the pictures again and again; there will always be something new to notice—including the faint writing on the snow, courtesy of its former provenance. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper Review “Lovely.” ( Publishers Weekly (starred review)) Praise for THE LITTLE YELLOW LEAF: “The handsomely designed collage compositions are showstoppers” ( Kirkus Reviews) Praise for THE LITTLE YELLOW LEAF: “Notebook paper brings schoolwork to mind, but with scissors Berger transforms the stuff of homework into art.” ( New York Times) About the Author Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. Her cut-paper collages are made using ephemera, such as catalogues, old books, receipts, letters, and ticket stubs. In a starred review, Kirkus said of her Forever Friends, “Sophisticated, sensitive, and accessible, this picture book will offer new insights and pleasures with each season.” The Little Yellow Leaf was a 2008 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books selection, and in starred reviews, Publishers Weekly called her A Perfect Day “lovely” and her Finding Spring “exceptional.” She is also the illustrator of the acclaimed Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, both by Jack Prelutsky, among other books. She lives with her family in New York City. www.carinberger.com Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. Her cut-paper collages are made using ephemera, such as catalogues, old books, receipts, letters, and ticket stubs. In a starred review, Kirkus said of her Forever Friends, “Sophisticated, sensitive, and accessible, this picture book will offer new insights and pl

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Product Code: 9780062015808
ISBN: 006201580X
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
Number of Pages: 40 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Illustrated
Dimension: 8.27 x 0.24 x 11.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds