Somebody and the Three Blairs

Marilyn Tolhurst, Author, Marylin Tolhurst, Author, Simone Abel, Illustrator Orchard Books (NY) $15.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-531-05878-7
The three Blairs--humans all--go for a walk, and Somebody--looking mighty like a bear--makes himself right at home in their cozy domicile. In their picture book debut, these collaborators offer a vivacious version of the classic tale. The book's crisp, deceptively simple design features a pleasing symmetry (much of the cheery artwork is arranged in threes on the verso pages) and ample white space. The pink-cheeked Blairs seem delightfully average, with the possible exception of Baby Blair, who has an endearing way of getting to the heart of things. Planning their outing, Baby exclaims, ``Feeda ducks''; surveying the post-bruin mess, the wise toddler cries, ``Naughty!'' (He is the first, in fact, to spot the sleeping intruder: ``Issa big teddy bear.'') The up-to-date details will provoke chuckles, as when Somebody holds a flexible shower nozzle over his head and realizes, ``This rain is too hot.'' This book, however, is just right. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
Genre: Children's


Hardcover - 978-0-531-08478-6
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-606-09869-4
Prebound-Other - 978-0-7857-5393-3
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