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The Red Book

by Barbara Lehman

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2004
32 pages
ISBN: 0-618-42858-5

Ages 5 - 10

A playful and intriguing wordless book begins with a girl walking down a snowy street. A red book protruding from a snowbank catches her eye and she picks it up. At school, she opens it, and inside she sees (and we see) a map, an island, and a boy in progressively tighter close ups. The next page (of her book—of ours?) shows the boy up close, on a tropical looking island. He spies a red book protruding from the sand. He opens it to pages showing a snowy urban landscape. And a girl—at a desk—looking up disbelief. Barbara Lehman’s visual fantasy is a statement on the power of imagination, and the power of literature to transport one into another place and time. It’s also a pure delight, with a satisfying and impossible journey, and an ending that suggests the magic will live on. Lehman’s watercolor, gouache and ink illustrations are clean-lined, simple and perfect to tell the tale. CCBC categories: Picture Books for School-Aged Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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