cover image Come to Town

Come to Town

Anne F. Rockwell. Crowell, $11.89 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-690-04644-1

Like Richard Scarry, Rockwell fills the pages of her books with small pictures of everyday life. Her simply rendered illustrations exude a gentle, soothing quality. In Come to Town, readers are introduced to a bear community through representative institutionsa school, a grocery store, an office building and a library. On a single page, for example, the bears in the grocery store can be found ""squeezing pears,'' ``paying for groceries,'' ``working the cash register,'' ``putting cans on shelves,'' ``standing in line,'' ``dusting cans,'' ``packing bags of groceries'' and ``counting money.'' Many young children will be drawn to these kinds of hard facts, and Rockwell presents them in a cozy setting. Ages 3-6. (July)