This is a poem about a small child whose building blocks come to life when his mother leaves the room and he is transported into a magical world of faraway places, with kings, queens and their attendants, all bearing gifts.This is a poem about a small child whose building blocks come to life when his mother leaves the room and he is transported into a magical world of faraway places, with kings, queens and their attendants, all bearing gifts.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-11-30 Wolf's trademark vividly colored, crisply outlined paintings breathe new life into the classic poem about a youngster who constructs an imaginary ``town by the sea.'' Ages 3-7. (Nov.)
Publishers Weekly, 1988-07-29 Wolff, creator of such visually arresting books as A Year of Beasts , illustrates a favorite poem from A Child's Garden of Verses. In her now familiar combination of strong black, block-printed line juxtaposed with vibrant watercolor, she explores the literal and emotional content of Stevenson's work. The simple jacket of this well-designed volume shows a wagon full of bright blocks, with the softly evoked watercolor outline of the block city in the background. This is closely followed by pictures of other elements named in the poem: an overstuffed sofa becomes mountains, and the carpet becomes the sea. The pages illustrating the boy's imagined city are carefully detailed, incorporating subtle references into the timeless landscapes of each spread. Ages 3-7. (September)
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