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The Keys to My Kingdom: A Poem in Three Languages

The Keys to My Kingdom: A Poem in Three Languages

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by Lydia Dabcovich

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A little girl presents her kingdom in this classic poem presented in three languages. Beginning with a look at her paints, easel, and brushes--``. . . the keys to my kingdom.''--the child guides readers through her city, town, street, lane, yard, house, room, features of her room, and then back out as she paints the whole vista she has just presented. Dabcovich's colored pencil and crayon illustrations have a sense of volume and life, as well as an endearingly childlike character imparted by the rounded forms she uses to such good effect. Her colors are bright, pure, unmixed, with shapes clearly outlined in black marker. The minimal text of this traditional nursery rhyme is clearly translated into literal French and Spanish, giving this added mileage potential in ESL classes or language programs. However, the best use of this slim, colorful picture book is as a discussion starter. What is this girl's kingdom? How does she get there? This could be paired with books such as Testa's If You Take a Pencil (Dial, 1982) to explore the artistic aspect, or Wiesner's Free Fall (Lothrop, 1988) for a study of changing realities and fantasy. --Ann Welton, Thomas Academy, Kent, WA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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