The Picnic

Ruth Brown, Author Dutton Books $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-45012-2
Elaborate pictures and a few unadorned sentences afford a rabbit's-eye view of ordinary picnickers who unknowingly disrupt field animals in their quiet subterranean domesticity. Rabbits, mice and moles crouch fearfully in their burrow as the visitors arrive; are plunged into darkness when a biscuit lodges in their entrance; are sent scurrying by the ``scrabbling claws'' of a digging dog; and rejoice when rain drives the intruders away. Brown's delicate, masterful watercolors, with the sweep and detail of 19th-century landscape paintings, painstakingly recreate the creatures' pastoral world. Her palette capably accommodates the light-filled, grassy fields, the dim, sepia-toned interior of the burrow, and--in an astonishing chromatic shift--the black-on-black view of the animals huddled in the pitch-dark warren. A treasure. Ages 3-7. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1993
Release date: 03/01/1993
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