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  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 236 x 302 x 14mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Col.ill.
  • 0192797646
  • 9780192797643

Review Text

A large, typically multi-colored, characteristically fanciful Wildsmith product - with split pages that supply the strung-together story with a little internal drama (and an excuse, maybe, for being as arbitrary as it is). Thus, the surprise of turning a half-page and seeing a box falling off a passing truck - with farm-boy Paul, who's watching from a tree - may keep kids from wondering how a box with a pelican egg got on that truck. And the long time it takes Paul's mother and father to recognize that this saucer-beaked, fish-loving bird is a pelican may also be overlooked, along with the incongruities that attend his learning to catch fish for himself, in the fun of turning the pages. (These people are garbed and housed like Elizabethans - but go to the supermarket and drive a tractor.) The story is negligible and old-hat any way you look at it-the pelican eventually learns to dive for fish (from watching a kingfisher), and ultimately flies away "to be with other pelicans" - but where the Wildsmith books retain their allure, the split pages will provide an extra fillip. (Kirkus Reviews)show more