Monday, December 3, 2007

Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library

Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library
Don Freeman/ published 1969 by Scott, Foresman and Company

By the author of Corduroy and the previously reviewed Space Witch, I first saw a new edition of Quiet in a local bookstore and found a vintage copy on What an awesome book! This is what I was talking about in that just when you think you've seen it all, you come across something that is so good, you can't believe you haven't seen it before.

After a while Cary slowly closed her book
and started talking silently to herself.
"If I were a librarian
I know what I would do," she said.
"I would have a special day when only
animals and birds would be allowed
to come in and browse."

Since this covers my son's two favorite places... the library and the zoo, it has everything.

You know, it's funny to look at these books now, because a little pen and ink drawing book like this would never pass in today's market. The charcoal looks almost like crayon strokes, and the illustrations are very childlike. Something you don't see much of with all the oil paintings and detail that are on kids' bookshelves today.

Also by:
Space Witch
Fly High Fly Low
Mop Top
The Guard Mouse

1 comment:

silly eagle books said...

I came upon this one by chance in a used book store too, and it has quickly become one of my daughter's favorites.

We checked out Earl the Squirrel this week because we enjoyed "Canary" so much and have read it over it and over as well.

I enjoyed the Roy Freeman posts--they came at just the right time when I was looking for more information about his father.

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