Jane Baskwill, Author, Trish Hill, Illustrator
Jane Baskwill, Author, Trish Hill, Illustrator Mondo Publishing $23.95 (1p) ISBN 978-1-57255-132-9
Reviewed on: 04/01/1996
Release date: 04/01/1996
""Somewhere in the raindrop,/ A rainbow forms from light;/ Somewhere in the darkness,/ A star lights up the night."" Each stanza of Baskwill's poem visits one of nature's niches and highlights a typical aspect. Some verses intrigue (""Somewhere in the ocean,/ A whale echoes a sound""); many are banal (a leaf falls ""somewhere in the forest""). Couched in smooth rhymes and a consistent cadence, this exploration coasts from phenomenon to phenomenon without building momentum or giving the reader much cause for contemplation. Hill's (What Makes a Bird a Bird?) chalk and scratchboard illustrations use varying perspectives to encourage readers to study nature's details, but depart from realism with their overbright exposures and cotton-candy-colored accents. For all the emphasis on the ""wonder"" and ""delight"" of nature, the book transmits no sense of discovery. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
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