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Country Road ABC by Arthur Geisert
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Sep 15, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s, great-nonfiction-for-kids, nonfiction, picture-books
Read in September, 2010

Pair this one with Elisha Cooper's Farm. Realistic, full of details that show up over and over, informative, and elegiac, and when's the last time a picture book evoked the word 'elegiac'? If there's a criticism that could be leveled at Arthur Geisert, it might be that sometimes all those etched black lines get in the way of compositional clarity - it's a pitfall when you're working in a medium that allows for little range in line weight. But in Country Road ABC, wide landscapes are set next to good-sized scenes of farm activity, giving each page a lively range of things to look at.

Arthur Geisert is a national treasure, and I am so happy whenever a new book of his comes out.

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