In a cozy book for toddlers, familiar things are put in familiar places, such as the family in the house, the cow in the barn, and more. By the author of Jake and Rosie.
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PreSchool-- A perfect book for toddlers, Everything Has a Place presents the simple concept of the title in a brief text accompanied by two-page borderless illustrations that are the true focus of the book. Tafuri's familiar graphic style, rendered in clear watercolors, shows a very young child in settings outside and inside the house. Each composition is spare of detail, yet the artist's knack of highlighting a certain object with bright color forces the eyes toward the important element in each painting. The text is printed in large, rounded type in a color harmonizing with the featured object (or a part of it). Pictured in the child's room are familiar, cozy items--a Peter Rabbit plate, a bunny stepstool, a wicker chair, a braided rug, and a copy of Tafuri's own Across the Stream (Greenwillow, 1982). A natural for story time or laptime, this reassuring picture book is destined to become a classic. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Tafuri's illustrations for 11 phrases--``a dish in a cupboard,'' ``a cat in a chair,'' ``a baby on a lap,'' etc.- -command attention with their dynamic compositions and jewel- bright colors, but the title's premise seems more like a point of departure for discussion than a statement of where these things belong. ``A cow in a barn'' is eating hay, though there's green grass outside; ``a flower in a garden'' is depicted as a single daffodil in a field. Young children may enjoy pointing out that, though one crayon is ``in a box,'' another is in use; and while some books are being read, others are ``on a shelf.'' The concept isn't developed with much logic, but Tafuri's graphic style has its usual appeal; the book might find good interactive use as toddlers explore where else these things might appropriately be. (Picture book. 0-4) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Greenwillow, 1993. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX068810083X