Paper Boats

Rabindranath Tagore, Author, Grayce Bochak, Illustrator
Rabindranath Tagore, Author, Grayce Bochak, Illustrator Boyds Mills Press $14.95 (1p) ISBN 978-1-878093-12-7
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
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A boy writes his name and village on paper boats and floats them down a stream, in the hope that ``someone in some strange land will find them and know who I am.'' Written around the turn of the century by Nobel Prize-winner Tagore, the unassuming poem has an air of serenity aptly matched by the delicate cut-paper illustrations. Although this technique allows a pleasing precision in the sharpness of its images, the result is a series of static spreads that do little to enhance the verse. Bochak's range of colors--from the yellows of summer to the muted pinks and violets of a sultry night--is unusual, though some of the book's later illustrations tend toward drabness. The word pictures here, while graceful, are too passive and sophisticated for the intended audience--speaking of his boats, the narrator says, ``The fairies of sleep are sailing in them, / and the lading is their baskets / full of dreams.'' An unrewarding outing. Ages 2-8. (Jan.)
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