Like Richard Scarry, Rockwell fills the pages of her books with small pictures of everyday life. Her simply rendered illustrations exude a gentle, soothing quality. In Come to Town, readers are introduced to a bear community through representative institutionsa school, a grocery store, an office building and a library. On a single page, for example, the bears in the grocery store can be found ``squeezing pears,'' ``paying for groceries,'' ``working the cash register,'' ``putting cans on shelves,'' ``standing in line,'' ``dusting cans,'' ``packing bags of groceries'' and ``counting money.'' Many young children will be drawn to these kinds of hard facts, and Rockwell presents them in a cozy setting. Ages 3-6. (July)
PreS-Gr 2 A bear family wakes up, and bears of all sizes go to various buildings in townsmall bears to school, big and small bears to the supermarket, big bears to the office building, and big and small bears to the library. Following the query, ``What building is this?'' below a picture of the outside of a building, there is a double-page spread showing the activities going on inside with the question, ``What are they doing?'' The next double-page spread is full of labeled spot drawings showing close ups of the activities. Illustrations are large, clear, and in bold colors. There is a good mixture of males and females in various jobs, but stereotyping in the clothing, with all females in skirts or dresses. Come to Town should be extremely popular with preschool children and should be useful for nursery schools. Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, N.Y.