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A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children's Picture Books

by Chris Loker
# UT5082 Hardcover, 252 pages; 2020
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No matter how sophisticated our grownup reading tastes, picture books hold a special place in our book-loving hearts. This handsome keepsake pays tribute to one hundred such books, arranged chronologically from 1900 to 2015, pairing select illustrations from each book with a one-page analysis of its cultural or creative significance. Many titles are beloved by generations of readers: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Real Mother Goose, The Snowy Day, The Very Hungry Caterpillar…. Others are less famous today, but no less important: Maurice Sendak called 1926's Clever Bill "among the few perfect picture books ever created;" when Margaret Wise Brown read 1947's White Snow, Bright Snow, she told author Alvin Tresselt "I wish I had written that." Some books have aged better than others in their treatment of race and gender, but oh what a wonderful "read" down memory lane. (KG)
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