Synopses & Reviews
Beautiful watercolor paintings add rich layers of mood and feeling to an old Scottish poem, depicting a squirrel family spending the day together—waking, playing, and nestling down to sleep under the eye of watchful parent. An eye-catching die-cut cover and a size perfect for small hands make an irresistible gift for mothers, fathers, and families on any occasion.
"Late Scottish poet and artist Guthrie's spare ode to the heavens ('To the sun/ Who has shone/ All day,/ To the moon/ Who has gone/ Away,/ To the milk-white/ Silk-white/ Lily-white star,/ A fond goodnight/ Wherever you are') provides the framework for Caldecott Medalist Rohmann's (My Friend Rabbit) visual narrative about a family of squirrels. Rohmann's watercolors picture the playful squirrels, with which active siblings will readily identify, racing down their tree and tumbling around, before being called back by a (presumed) parent. The diminutive book ends as it begins, with the squirrels sleeping in a cluster, a reminder that another day's adventures aren't far away. Ages 3 6. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
“A die-cut front cover provides an inviting gateway to an idyll that will tempt viewers to linger.” –Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“This small, square book, just the size for tiny hands to hold, features a die-cut cover that offers an appealing glimpse into the adventure that lies ahead.” —The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“A die-cut front cover provides an inviting gateway to an idyll that will tempt viewers to linger.” -Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“The brevity and calmness of the words make this a good just-one-more book at bedtime, and the depictions of the circle of family love and the cycle of the day will inspire many just-one-more kisses before the lights go out.” -Booklist
“A gorgeous play of light carefully tends to the days progression, alternating wordless scenes with those accompanied by a single line of text. The variety of perspectives adds to the depth of this small books paintings, which honor the Scottish authors verse” -School Library Journal
About the Author
Scottish-born JAMES GUTHRIE (1874-1952) was an artist, typographer, printer, and poet. ERIC ROHMANN won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit, and a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies. He is also the author and illustrator of Clara and Asha, A Kitten Tale, and The Cinder-Eyed Cats, among other books for children. He has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. Rohmann was born in Riverside, Illinois, in 1957. He grew up in Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. As a boy, he played Little League baseball, read comic books, and collected rocks and minerals, insects, leaves, and animal skulls. Rohmann has his BS in Art and an MS in Studio Art from Illinois State University, and an MFA in Printmaking/Fine Bookmaking from Arizona State University. He also studied Anthropology and Biology. He taught printmaking, painting, and fine bookmaking at Belvoir Terrace in Massachusettes and introductory drawing, fine bookmaking, and printmaking at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He lives in a suburb of Chicago.