This is an adorable book by Margaret Wise Brown, who is probably best known for her Good Night Moon storybook. This book is a charmingly written poem about what is important at different ages of childhood, beginning with age one and progressing to age 5 and 6. The illustrations by Chris Raschka, are also adorable.
Each stage of the poem begins with, "The important thing about being (ex: one) is.... But the important thing about being (ex: one) is that....." Here is a small excerpt from the book to give you an idea of how cute this rhyming book is: "Now at Four, you can open the door. You've grown a lot, you'll grow some more. You can vlink and think as quick as a wink, You can open your eyes to a world of surprise..."
It's great fun book to read to a child. At the end of the book is a big mirrored board to tell you the most important thing is that you are YOU! I love this beautiful rhyming picture book!!
Publishers Weekly, 1999-10-25 While Brown's 1949 title, The Important Book, described the essential qualities of the familiar things in a child's world, this never-before-published companion addresses the developing characteristics of children themselves. As Brown leads readers through the ages of one to six in a series of jaunty rhymes ("The important thing about being Four/ is that you are bigger than you were before"), Raschka (Like Likes Like) emerges with a series of images whose fluid lines, simple geometric structure and concisely edited palette bring to mind the Bauhaus School. A master at conveying motion with a simple sweep of his watercolor brush, he launches a succession of sprightly imps to cavort against backdrops of mustard yellow, brick red and Prussian blue. For the progression from chubby babies ("You've found your nose/ and discovered your toes./ You've seen the moon/ and felt the sun") to agile kindergartners ("You learn how to count./ You learn how to read./ You know how to dress/ and get what you need"), Raschka assigns each age group a geometric shape: a simple circle represents age one, pairs of stacked squares indicate two, a five-pointed star signifies five and so on. All the forms blend together in visual harmony for the sweeping finale. It's a pleasure to hear the organic rhythms of Brown's prose again, and Raschka paints in boisterous surprises. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-09-11 "In this companion to The Important Book, Brown addresses the developing characteristics of children, in a series of jaunty rhymes," PW said in a starred review. "Raschka paints in boisterous surprises." Ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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