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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Harper’s stylized bird portraits guide readers from one to 10, accompanied by equally crisp verse from Burke. A bold palette of reds, blues, and golds grabs attention immediately, while Harper’s geometric interpretations of bluebirds, pelicans, owls, and other birds are a case study in the interplay between colors, shapes, and patterns. In one of the niftiest sequences (“Three/ Grosbeaks/ Wait to fly/ Four/ Puffins/ Pass us by”), the top corners of a taupe square define the heads of all three grosbeaks, while the crisscrossing bodies of puffins create black triangles. It’s a sure bet for new families with modernist tastes. Simultaneously available: Charley Harper’s Book of Colors and Charley Harper’s Animal Alphabet. Up to age 5. (Sept.)