Simple sentences, one or two per spread, describe how some Chinese people enjoy greeting the early morning in a park: "Someone is resting by the lotus pond. Someone is cycling.... Some are doing tai chi. Others like sword dancing." The artist focuses on depicting actions and movements-a couple playing badminton or two people playing chess-and does not individualize the faces, which are all represented as simple circles with small features and blush-tinged skin. Soft earth-toned shades of light tan, green, and brown represent the outdoor settings but are punctuated by the red, purple, orange, and yellow clothing that the people wear. The last page opens up into an oversize illustration that depicts the array of activities; some of the earlier pictures are repeated in miniature. Children will enjoy perusing this straightforward and serene book.
Kirsten CutlerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.