Laura Vaccaro Seeger's work is deceptive. Be prepared to rethink what you think you know! Each book by Seeger successfully presents multifaceted, many-layered stories and ideas through minimal language and seemingly simple artwork.
Adults will enjoy the books as they share them with children but these books can also be read independently by young readers. Pick up one of Seeger's books to share good times with friends, count with one artistic boy, find letters in objects, and wonder what would happen if all in the carefully conceived pages of books by this talented, award winning author/illustrator.
Black? White! Day? Night! A Book of Opposites
Lift the flap and black turns to white at the start of this unusual and sophisticated book of opposites. Bold colors and carefully crafted die-cuts reveal a series of unexpected opposites. Readers are sure to delight in the surprise of each page turn.
A small bull is told to go away by a bigger bull. In turn, the little bull feels bigger when he calls smaller farm animals names ("chicken!" he shouts to chicken). The young bull deflates (literally) when called a bully. The gentle ending satisfies with forgiveness and friendship. Readers will appreciate the the humor created by double meanings of the words.
Dog and Bear
Three short stories about two friends, a small dachshund, and a teddy bear, are funny, touching, and recognizable. The illustrations have a naïve quality to capture the simplicity and warmth of the friendship and complement the story as told in both narration and the characters' dialog.
Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready
A teddy bear and a small dog share a great friendship in these three satisfying short tales. Young listeners and new readers will appreciate the gentle humor and vivid, boldly outlined illustrations in this latest Dog and Bear installment.
Dog and Bear: Two's Company
Even the best of friends sometimes have problems they must work out. And it's true for Dog and Bear, the best friends who can get angry but get over it. Simply crafted illustrations are the perfect complement to the uncomplicated text.
First the Egg
"First the egg" and then — with a page turn, readers see the previously concealed chicken. Later in the book words and paint become a story and a picture. Seemingly diverse, all objects are cleverly brought together in a final image. Finely designed, expertly crafted, this intriguing book uses die cuts on sturdy pages for a rich visual experience ideal for multiple readings.
Textured illustrations cleverly incorporate die-cuts exploring the many shades of green. Language is as inspired as the textured paintings, subtly suggesting an environmental note. The book concludes with "forever green" in which a man and a child admire a large, lush tree, presumably from a seedling planted earlier.
Lemons Are Not Red
This seemingly simple color concept book presents a series of statements followed by straightforward answers. The paired objects are related but broad ranging (from lemon to the moon) and so could easily generate additional words to describe both object and appearance.
This concept book uses die-cuts to highlight words within words that are actually short sentences (e.g., turn the page and "one boy" becomes "all alone"). Try to combine sentences to create a series of sentences or build them into one story. (The last illustration pulls the apparently disparate vignettes into one.).
The Hidden Alphabet
Children will expand their vocabulary and play with hidden images in this unusual and elegantly illustrated alphabet book. A solid black frame with a one word descriptor focuses on an object. Lift the flap, and the image becomes the letter in full color, thus inviting readers to play with both words and images.
Walter Was Worried
The alphabet is cleverly used to tell an alliterative story and to depict a range of emotions in this charming book. Not only was Walter worried, Priscilla was puzzled, Elliott was ecstatic, and so on. Each is created by the letter itself, making playful visuals for the reader's eye.
What if two seals play with a beached ball but a third seal isn't invited to join them? What happens if the other two seals play in the water but the third one doesn't? But in the third "what if" scenario, things turn out well for all! This seemingly simple saga is sure to require multiple readings — and generate lots of discussion.
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