When the Sky Is Like Lace
Elinor Lander Horwitz. Viking Books, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-670-05909-6
Otters, snails and three girls eat, sing and frolic on a ""perfectly bimulous"" night in When the Sky Is Like Lace (1975) by Elinor Lander Horwitz, illus. by Barbara Cooney. The trio of girls shares a magical evening as the eucalyptus trees sway and the grass smells of gooseberry jam. Cooney's enchanting renderings of the ""strange-splendid and plum-purple"" scenes manifest the magic of both the twilight hour and the text. .
Reviewed on: 06/01/2004