Dragon Scales and Willow Leavesby Terryl Givens, Andrew Portwood
Dragons! Pirates! Forest trolls! Jonathon's walk in the woods requires courage and daring to battle the forces of his own imagination. Rachel's walk in the woods is filled with the beauty of nature, as her scientific eye for details spots floating willow leaves, frisky squirrels and boisterous bullfrogs. In this feast for the eyes and creative spirit, Terryl Givens and Andrew Portwood play with perspective and celebrate the different ways in which we see things. Are the willow leaves really the scales on a fiery dragon -- or a beautiful carpet on the forest floor? It all depends on what you see.
Twins Jonathan and Rachel take the same walk around the land surrounding their farm house, but they see things quite differently. In a perfect illustration that defines them and the day, Jonathan is shown in t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers, peering through thick-lensed glasses and pointing skyward, while Rachel, her back to him, wears a picturesque frock, and is absorbed in collecting wildflowers. In the leaves of a huge willow tree, Jonathan sees a dragon looming, while Rachel looks at sheltering limbs and carpet of leaves. Rachel's quarreling blue jays and noisy squirrels are Jonathan's aggressive forest trolls, and so on. At the page-turning cliffhangers, readers will want to shout along with Jonathanstory hours could get noisy. The summer setting is joyfully delineated in Portwood's watercolors, which capture the fluid movements of the children and gracefully depict realistic and fantastic scenes. About half the size of most contemporary picture books, this one proves how much can be done with small, tidy dimensions.
- Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.32(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.36(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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