Sunday, February 17, 2008

Powerful picture books. . .

We'll see how Atonement does at the Oscars next weekend (it just might squeak in as Best Picture if the votes are split between No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood). However, if you've seen the movie or read the book and would like another story about the evacuation at Dunkirk, check out this recent and beautiful re-issue of Paul Gallico's classic tale, The Snow Goose, with illustrations by Angela Barrett. I was recently showing this to a teacher who read the story to her class every Remembrance Day because she had loved it as a child and she thought the illustrations were perfect. If Barrett's work looks familiar, you might recognize it from Josephine Poole's retelling of the story of Anne Frank. She has also collaborated with Poole on Joan of Arc.

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