Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Wonderful Feast

The Wonderful Feast
Esphyr Slobodkina/ published 1955 by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.

The Russian-born Slobodkina is most famous for her book Caps for Sale, but this one is still a delight. (Of course... it's about animals first and foremost!) I guess the moral here is that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Starting with a horse's feed and descending down in animal size... each creature has a feast from the leavings of the larger animal before him until at last the wee little ant gorges himself.

And then a busy ant crawled in, searching for winter supplies.
He picked up the last grain and carried it away,
muttering all the time to himself,
"My, oh, my! What a wonderful feast I'm going to have!"

The pictures are bright and sharp and really tell the story well with the stark yellow feed against the solid background, all the while growing smaller and smaller.

Also by:
Pezzo the Peddler and the Circus Elephant
Caps for Sale
Little Dog Lost, Little Dog Found

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