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Rosemary Wells — one of our favorite author illustrators

by Jean Van't Hul
October 12, 2009

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This Mother Goose book was a baby gift from our neighbor, a children’s librarian. We’re already in love with it. Rosemary Wells is one of our favorite author illustrators, although I have to admit I wasn’t even aware she had done a Mother Goose book! What a pleasant surprise.

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I like her playful interpretation of some of the traditional nursery rhymes.

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Everyone seems to know Rosemary Wells’s Max and Ruby books, but it’s her Yoko books that I especially enjoy. Here’s Yoko, about a school child who is initially made fun of by her classmates for eating sushi.

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In Yoko’s Paper Cranes, Yoko writes regularly to her grandparents in Japan and sends origami cranes as a birthday present.

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Again, I love the playful, positive images!

Just so you know, Maia would choose the Max and Ruby books over the Yoko ones. Not that she doesn’t like Yoko, but Max is a mischief maker which tickles Maia’s fancy.

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