Angel Hide and Seek

Ann Warren Turner, Author, Lois Ehlert, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $14.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-027085-8
All the world is a Rorschach test in this imagination-stretching look at nature. In a series of brief scenarios, Turner (Shaker Hearts) describes her sightings of various ""angels"" in the wild. From Wood Angels (made of ""leaves and nuts/ and pinecone petals"") to Milkweed Angels (""Wind teased black seeds out,/ each a tiny flier/ in the sky""), she encourages readers to see the delicate, the unexpected, the wondrous. In a superb complement, Ehlert's (Hands; Color Zoo) vibrant multimedia collages combine colors, shapes and textures to compose an intricate visual landscape that begs for exploration. Cool gray stones, fiery autumn leaves and skate-scraped pond ice are among the settings she poetically recreates. The jacket image of an enormous sunflower wearing a subtly discernible smile is particularly cheery. An artist's note at the end offers some facts about the various plants and elements that inspired the illustrations. Ages 4-8. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1998
Release date: 06/01/1998
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