FICTION

Tiny, Perfect Things

illus. by Madeline Kloepper. 40p. Compendium. Jun. 2018. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781946873064.
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PreS-Gr 2—In this easy-to-read text, a young girl and her grandfather go for a walk and notice all the small, beautiful things that surround them. From a leaf to snail to an apple, the child and her grandfather notice and celebrate the beauty in what they see. The text is centered around the illustrations, which contain the wonderful details the characters are noticing, and are beautifully done. Unfortunately, the drawings are rendered in dark deep greens, oranges, browns, and grays that seem to lend a somber, almost melancholy air to the text. The concept of slowing down and appreciating the small wonders around you is one that young children should embrace and celebrate. However, the illustrations look a bit dated, which will likely deter kids from picking the book up.
VERDICT A wonderful story concept that seems to be at odds with its less-than-perfect visual interpretation.

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