Let’s Read

“Let’s Read,” Friend, Sept. 1971, 35

Let’s Read

Shrewbettina’s Birthday
by John S. Goodall. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1971.

The magnificent illustrations of this book are on double-page spreads with an additional technique of a half-page in between the double-page spreads. There are no words to read this delightful story; the illustrations tell it all. This is truly a “picture book.”

Three Fox Fables
told and illustrated by Paul Galdone. New York: The Seabury Press, 1971.

Three famous Aesop fables, the “Fox and the Grapes,” the “Fox and the Stork,” and the “Fox and the Crow,” are presented in word and illustration. Although these stories may be familiar, they read well, and the illustrations capture the highlights of each story.

Clocks, from Shadow to Atom
by Kathryn Kilby Borland and Helen Ross Speicher; illustrated by Robert Addison. Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1969.

Clocks are fascinating. This story of the various means of telling time goes from the shadow clock to the most modern atomic clock. It is a fascinating story and one that beautifully parallels man’s continual search to regulate his environment.

The Bears Who Stayed Indoors
Written and illustrated by Susanna Gretz. Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1971.

When five furry bears decide to don space suits, there is plenty of excitement. A rainy morning inside the house with five furry bears means mischief, fun, and imagination. The illustrations add pleasure to the story.

Turtle Pond
by Berniece Freschet; illustrated by Donald Carrick. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1971.

Anything can happen when eleven little turtles hatch one warm day and have to travel a short distance to the turtle pond. This story is easy to read and has lovely soft, realistic illustrations.

Lum Fu and the Golden Mountain
by Hisako Kimishima; pictures by Daihachi Ohta; English version by Alvin Tresselt. New York: Parents’ Magazine Press, 1971.

This old Chinese tale of the magic that happened on a certain moonlit night in China long, long ago is one of suspense. Lum Fu goes in search of the mysterious gold that belongs to the god of the mountain. What happens to him, his family, and his friends makes for good reading. The illustration are in vivid color and reflect the location of the story.