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This wonderful collection of paper-cut prints compiling the artist's calendar art is arranged thematically by each of the four seasons. Paper-cutting originated in China and gained popularity in Europe during the 18th century. McClure is self-taught in the medium, and her work is folk art at its best. She has a fine sense of composition, and her pieces have a bold, graphic appeal that is easy to like. She composes silhouettes by cutting black paper with an X-Acto® knife and, once the paper cut is complete, adds color and simple prose. With a knack for imparting movement to images, she creates a world-nurturing calm: a farmer reclines in meadows, while goats gently nuzzle his fingers; city dwellers make their way to work under a field of bobbing umbrellas; wafts of steam rise from a teacup carefully held in two hands. McClure's text is appropriate for fine arts libraries interested in collecting visual material in the so-called minor arts. Her organic, modernist images and life-affirming message make this a suitable children's book, too.
—Katherine C. Adams