The Important Book
- Number of Pages: 24
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
The important thing about The Important Book -- is that you let your youngster tell you what is important about the sun along with the moon and the wind and the rain and a bug and a bee at the identical time as a chair and a table and a pencil plus a bear and a rainbow and a cat (if he wants to ). For the critical factor about The Important Book is that the book goes on long right away after it is closed. 'A perfect book. ' -- K. the text establishes a word game which tiny young children will accept with glee. What is most important about many familiar things -- like rain and wind, apples and daisies -- is suggested in rhythmic words and vivid pictures.
"The important thing about rain is/ that it's wet. / But the important thing about rain is that it really is wet."/ It falls out of the sky,/ and it sounds like rain,/ and makes things shiny,/ and it does not taste like anything,/ and is the color of air.
Goodnight Moon creator Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book is a deceptively basic exercise--taking familiar things like an apple, spoon, or shoe, and finding basically the most basic association with those things. But why, according to Brown, might be essentially the most important thing about grass"that it is green,"although probably the most important thing about an apple is"that it is round "? You eat with it. The illustrations, by Caldecott Medal winner Leonard Weisgard (The Small Island) , perform the identical function--capturing the spoonness of spoons, the roundness of an apple, the motion of wind. Whether or not you'd distill these things in the identical way that the author does, Brown makes us think about the essence of everyday entities in new ways. One of probably the most critical factor about an apple? It is round. Why is"that it genuinely is white"a single particular of the most important thing about snow as properly as a daisy? You put your foot in it. A shoe? A spoon?
Happily, Brown went on to develop the companion Another Important Book, concerning the value of getting one, two, three, four, five, and six years old--published for the really initial time in 1999 with fabulous artwork by Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka (Yo! Yes? Permission from Harper Collins Publishers.) (Preschool and older) --Karin Snelson Illustrations copyright renewed 1977 by Leonard Weisgard. Text copyright renewed 1977 by Roberta Brown Rauch. (Click to see a sample spread. ). Both of Brown's"vital books"will endure the test of time as fresh, thought-provoking ways to look at the planet around us.
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