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To Market, to Marketby Nikki McClure
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Young children see the passage of time through the seasonal changes to the world around them in this charming book, illustrated with Nikki McClure's extraordinary cut-paper art. A little boy who can't wait for summer keeps asking his mama, "Is it summer yet?" Mama says, "Not yet, little one", then points to the signs that spring is turning to summer — the softening of the earth, the nest-building of squirrels, the singing of birds — and encourages her son to savor the beauty of spring.
Following the success of All in a Day, Nikki McClure once again uses her unique paper cutouts to showcase wonderful images of nature and the joys of family and the outdoors, creating a book that is both timeless and fresh.
"Though the first pages of McClure's (All in a Day) latest inhabit familiar territory, exploring the world of a small child in simple language ('Today is Market Day. The farmers load their trucks with carrots and squashes, pears and mushrooms, fennel and chard'), intervening spreads offer more complex descriptions of the sources of the market's artisanal food. 'To plant his orchard, Michael traveled to old orchards and collected scions, small cuttings of branches, from the trees laden with the best fruit.' Michael appears on the left behind a dense network of leaves and apples, opposite a careful account of his work. 'Thank you, Michael, for these crisp new apples,' the description concludes. The effect of each closing benediction is that of a grateful prayer. McClure's papercuts of windblown hair, vegetable leaves, craftsmen at work, and beds of hay continue to delight. This is, in effect, two books in one: younger readers can stick to the gentle introductions to sections about kale, smoked salmon, honey, blueberry turnovers, cheese, and even napkins; older children will appreciate (and have the patience to sit through) each product's path to market. Ages 4 — 8. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Known for art that celebrates the virtues of community, hard work, and living gently on the planet, Nikki McClure here explores a topic close to her heart: the farmers market. Alternating between story and fact, this lovingly crafted picture book follows a mother and son to the weekly market. As they check off items on their shopping list, the reader learns how each particular food was grown or produced, from its earliest stages to how it ended up at the market. To Market, to Marke is a timely book that shines awareness on the skill that goes into making good food.
This lovely book illuminates all the possibilities a day offers the opportunities and chances that wont ever come again and also delivers a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet. Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant's poetic text, alongside Nikki McClure's stunning, meticulously crafted cut-paper art, makes this picture book not only timeless but appealing to all ages, from one to one hundred.
About the Author
Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than a hundred books for children. She won the Newbery Medal for Missing May and the Newbery Honor for A Fine White Dust. She lives in Oregon.
Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996. She is the author and illustrator of Abrams Collect Raindrops. All in a Day is her first Abrams childrens book. She lives with her family in Olympia, Washington.
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