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The Naming

Greaves, Margaret

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ISBN 10: 015200534X / ISBN 13: 9780152005344
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, San Diego, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Small 4to. Un-pagenated. A fine copy in a fine and unclipped dj. Book with full page color illustrations throughout. Signed by the Illustrator, Pauline Baynes, on title page. Pauline Baynes (1922-2008) is best known for illustrating some of the most famous fantasies of the 20th century, most notably C. S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicles, as well as several works by J. R. R. Tolkien. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 007054

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Title: The Naming

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, San Diego

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Pauline Baynes

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First American Edition.

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In a retelling of the biblical creation, as the animals come before Adam, he names them and teaches them about their strengths, such as showing the deer how fast it can run.

From Publishers Weekly:

Based loosely on the Old Testament mention of Adam naming the creatures of the earth, this biblically themed picture book surprises somewhat with the unexpected appearance of a unicorn at its conclusion. Shades of Noah, the animals appear two by two before Adam (discreetly if somewhat unusually clothed in a multicolored, calf-length skirt of leaves), who blesses them and bestows occasionally fulsome explanations for his choice of name ("Rabbit is furriness, Rabbit is the joy of spring mornings, Rabbit is shyness, Rabbit can read the wind"). Greaves's smooth prose possesses the dignified cadence of myth, and at times becomes rhapsodic--her description of the unicorn ("You are the secret beauty that haunts all dreams") will thrill fans of that legendary beast. (In her composition and vocabulary, however--"vexation," "meteor," "timidity"--Greaves may stretch the understanding of the book's intended audience.) Baynes, whose lush, meticulous illustrations were inspired by an ancient Rajput manuscript, presents Eden's splendor as a subtropical landscape blooming with a bright profusion of trees, flowers and--of course--animals of every persuasion. Ages 3-7.
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