Another Important Book

Another Important Book

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by Margaret Wise Brown, Chris Raschka
     
 

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The important thing about being One is that life has just begun.

Look inside and discover all the important things about being Six, Five, Four, Three, One, Two, and YOU, in this lively picture book by Margaret Wise Brown, the beloved author of Goodnight Moon, with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka.

Overview

The important thing about being One is that life has just begun.

Look inside and discover all the important things about being Six, Five, Four, Three, One, Two, and YOU, in this lively picture book by Margaret Wise Brown, the beloved author of Goodnight Moon, with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
(Preschool)
Fifty years after the appearance of Margaret Wise Brown's Important Book (illustrated by Leonard Weisgard), a never-before-published companion volume has arrived. Brown's text begins with one: "The important thing / about being One / is that life / has just begun. / You can't quite talk. / You can't quite walk. / You've found your nose / and discovered your toes...." Brown is, as always, conscious of child development: two is a doer, three learns about "being me," four has grown in both size and accomplishments. Chris Raschka explicates the underlying complexity of Brown's simple-seeming statements in illustrations that pay deliberate tribute to her earlier illustrators. His graphic approach to form and composition recalls Weisgard's illustrations for The Noisy Book; his saturated palette echoes the tonal balance of Clement Hurd's Goodnight Moon; his vigorously drawn figures outdo Jean Charlot (A Child's Good Night Book). Most intriguing is Raschka's use of geometrical forms to represent the increasing complexity of the small child's understanding and capabilities. Like translucent, multi-colored blocks and balls-simple toys that become imbued with meaning and purpose in the child's imagination-these shapes interact with the vibrantly sketched figures of the children. One has a basic circle-the sun and moon mentioned in the text, the child still wrapped in the cocoon of babyhood. For two, squares-blocks to stack, steps to the many actions of the busy toddler, which Brown lists in a string of verbs. Three, like one, a circle, but larger now, and formed from three concentric circles: "Me" in the context of a larger world. Again, four elaborates on two: the square is quartered diagonally, the resulting triangles open like doors, and then they reform, like a tangram. And so on. There's a spread that's a grand concatenation of all ages and shapes together; a winding-down backwards count; and then the inevitable conclusion: "But the important thing...is that you are YOU." More on-target developmentally than poetically; but Raschka's illustrations are innovative, intriguing, and brimming with vitality. j.r.l.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While Brown's 1949 title, The Important Book, described the essential qualities of the familiar things in a child's world, this never-before-published companion addresses the developing characteristics of children themselves. As Brown leads readers through the ages of one to six in a series of jaunty rhymes ("The important thing about being Four/ is that you are bigger than you were before"), Raschka (Like Likes Like) emerges with a series of images whose fluid lines, simple geometric structure and concisely edited palette bring to mind the Bauhaus School. A master at conveying motion with a simple sweep of his watercolor brush, he launches a succession of sprightly imps to cavort against backdrops of mustard yellow, brick red and Prussian blue. For the progression from chubby babies ("You've found your nose/ and discovered your toes./ You've seen the moon/ and felt the sun") to agile kindergartners ("You learn how to count./ You learn how to read./ You know how to dress/ and get what you need"), Raschka assigns each age group a geometric shape: a simple circle represents age one, pairs of stacked squares indicate two, a five-pointed star signifies five and so on. All the forms blend together in visual harmony for the sweeping finale. It's a pleasure to hear the organic rhythms of Brown's prose again, and Raschka paints in boisterous surprises. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
"In this companion to The Important Book, Brown addresses the developing characteristics of children, in a series of jaunty rhymes," PW said in a starred review. "Raschka paints in boisterous surprises." Ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
PreS-K-Energetic artwork and vivacious verse delineate the wonders children discover and the milestones they reach, from ages one to six. A joyful book with a timeless theme. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K In comforting language and perfect rhyme, this previously unpublished companion to Brown's classic The Important Book (HarperCollins, 1949) identifies significant achievements and developments, year by year, in a young child's life. Using the second person, the text addresses youngsters directly, succinctly describing a one-year-old: "You can't quite talk./You can't quite walk./You've found your nose/and discovered your toes." The excitement of being two revolves around all the new things "you can do." Being three means discovering "ME." Questions are presented in a circular pattern around tricolored circles, emphasizing the newfound joy of self-awareness. For each age group, there is a corresponding number of geometric shapes. For example, a page describing four-year-olds shows a wide-eyed child surrounded by four triangles. Raschka has done a lovely job of creating illustrations that capture the look and feel of books published during Brown's era. The pictures show children joyfully testing new abilities. The last page offers the same delightful affirmation as its predecessor the important thing "is that you are you." Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Raschka (Like Likes Like, p. 304, etc.) illustrates this previously unpublished companion to the recently reissued The Important Book (1999) with page after page of wriggly children rendered in looping, calligraphic black strokes and freely brushed color. Adopting an assured tone, Brown tracks the development of a child's capabilities and sense of self: "You can't quite talk./You can't quite walk./You've found your nose/and discovered your toes./You've seen the moon/and felt the sun./But the important thing about being One is that life has just begun." Her text takes children to age six; by alternating pictures of single children with group scenes, Raschka expands the author's focus on the individual to make growing up a social as well as personal experience. Think of this as a free-spirited alternative to Robert Kraus's Leo the Late Bloomer (1973) and its blatantly commercial reprise, Little Louie the Baby Bloomer (1998, not reviewed). (Picture book. 1-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064437851
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
550,307
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?, Christmas in the Barn, The Dead Bird, and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.

Chris Raschka is the creator of many distinguished and award-winning books for children. He has received two Caldecott Medals: for The Hello, Goodbye Window, by Norton Juster; and for his own A Ball for Daisy. He also received a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes? Five of his titles have been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Chris Raschka was the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2012 and 2016. He lives in New York City with his family.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 23, 1910
Date of Death:
November 13, 1952
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Place of Death:
Nice, France
Education:
B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education
Website:
http://www.margaretwisebrown.com

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Another Important Book (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fifty years has passed since Margaret Wise Brown wrote The Important Book and now she follows it up with Another Important Book...It's a great tribute to the toddler years. It was a gift for my 2 yr old but it's my 4 year old that wants to hear it nightly. She sweetly describes the thrills of ages 1-6. It's a keepsake book, great for a gift.