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The Way Home
     

The Way Home

by Judith Benet Richardson
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- For a delightful romp through the jungle, join Savi, a perky, mischievous ``elephant's child.'' This baby pachyderm is so entranced by her day at the beach that she refuses to let it end, even after her weary mother strongly encourages her to return to their jungle home. With the shadows lengthening, Savi finally leaves the refreshing water, only to find that she has been left alone. Cold and hungry, she is relieved to follow a well-marked banana trail, and is soon reunited with her patient mother. Trunk to tail, the twosome wind their way through the jungle palms, their path lit by a bright, banana-shaped crescent moon. Mavor's creative, unique collage illustrations make this picture book distinctive. A combination of soft sculpture and embroidery, with added decorations of found objects, the scenes are reminiscent of Rousseau's primitive and haunting jungle settings. The variety of textures is a feast for the eye, and the repetition of the glowing yellow shapes of the bananas lends continuity to the story, as well as to the sequence of pictures. Young readers will be attracted to the varied, colorful shapes and materials, uncovering ingenius details through repeated readings, both in the borders and in the scenes of beach and jungle. The book could be paired with Baker's Where the Forest Meets the Sea (Greenwillow, 1988), a stylistically similar artistic endeavor. --Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780027761450
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/29/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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