Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Peggy Rathmann used intricate silhouettes on a variety of beautiful sky-scapes to illustrate THE DAY THE BABIES CRAWLED AWAY.  As the day progresses toward evening the color changes a little creating a vibrant happy feeling despite the trouble that the babies get into in following butterflies, frogs, bats and other things.  The main character in this poem is the boy who heroically  "saves the day" by being a guardian and retriever of the babies, reuniting them to their families at the end of the day.  He looked the part of the hero he was in what appeared  to me to be an Aeromax Jr. Fire Fighter Helmet which, of course never came off ... not even when he fell fast asleep.   What a day!   I especially like the next to last page - a precious mother-son moment.

Bonnie R
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