cover image One Fall Day

One Fall Day

Molly Bang. Greenwillow Books, $15 (1pp) ISBN 978-0-688-07015-1

Striking dioramas illuminate a busy autumn day, underscoring the intensity and determination that children bring to play. Each page looks like a stage set, complete with props. A doll awakens and her world springs to life as her friends-a cat, polar bear, dinosaur, paper crane, ball and more-greet the new day with her. From the breakfast table, yellow leaves in the garden beckon, and throughout the day the leaves are ever-present, delicate as blossoms. Time passes in an intense flurry of activity, interrupted for just a moment by a thunderstorm. The day ends as it began, the doll beneath the ``warm, red quilt'' with gray cat snuggled close. The illustrations are impressive for their clarity, their detail and their ability to convey the energy of a child's day. In contrast, the soothing text is relayed in the voice of a parent speaking directly to a child (``Now you close your eyes and sleep''). Emphasizing comfort, security and friendship, the words work as a lullaby, moving and intimate. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)