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PreS-Gr 4-Lear's poem is beautifully illustrated with a mixture of elaborate, stylized borders and sumptuous portrayals of natural elements like verdant plant and tree leaves and colorful tropical flowers. Realistic portrayals of sea creatures abound, and honeybees with exactingly delineated wings swoop above a fanciful beehive. Waves swell and swirl around the "pea-green boat," the owl holds his guitar with large outstretched feathers and looks appropriately lovelorn, and, in one arresting scene, the cat sits with her neck resting on his shoulder. In one playful spread, a solicitous owl feeds a slice of quince on the "runcible spoon" to his sprawling feline sweetheart. Each verse is presented on a separate page. Circle borders frame some vignettes, and narrow bands of white space around most of the pages add pleasing variety to the layout. A charming presentation.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Lear's poem is beautifully illustrated.A charming presentation." -- School Library Journal "Lear's poem is beautifully illustrated...A charming presentation."--School Library Journal "Anne Mortimer's illustrations are a magical companion to Lear's immortal whimsy."--Roger Ebert Anne Mortimer s illustrations are a magical companion to Lear s immortal whimsy. --Roger Ebert" This delightfully charming creation does, indeed, dance by the light of the moon. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" Lear s poem is beautifully illustrated A charming presentation. --School Library Journal" "This delightfully charming creation does, indeed, 'dance by the light of the moon.'"--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)