Away from Home

Anita Lobel, Author, Anita Lobel, Illustrator Greenwillow Books $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-10354-5
This alliterative alphabet book takes the reader on a globe-trotting adventure as Lobel sets the stage--literally--to introduce letters and various world cities as well. On each page, a different boy stars under the spotlight before an audience of eager children. A sentence describes each scene: ``Henry hoped in Hollywood''; ``Paul painted in Paris.'' Lobel continually shows the reactions of those in the front row, creating the excitement of a live theater performance. The choices of names and locations run the gamut from commonplace to unusual (Odense, Yakutsk, Zaandam) and may well encourage a hunt through an atlas. Watercolor and gouache paintings are partially framed by bold black strips meant to represent offstage darkness, while the ``backdrops'' of each set depict such impressive landmarks as London Bridge or Moscow's Cathedral of Saint Basil. The illustrations' combination of accuracy and romanticism delivers the right amount of information. Happily, a final page entitled ``Where They Went'' provides interesting facts about each destination. Fans will appreciate this as a companion to Lobel's Alison's Zinnia but newcomers, too, will fully enjoy the trip. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1994
Release date: 09/01/1994
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 29 pages - 978-0-590-62224-0
Library Binding - 1 pages - 978-0-688-10355-2
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