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I Saw Esau
ISBN: 9780763664015
Author: Opie, Iona Archibald (EDT)/ Opie, Peter (EDT)/ Sen
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: November 2012
Retail: $12.00    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: A collection of poems, riddles, chants, jump-rope rhymes and insults is complemented by full-color illustrations by a beloved Caldecott Medal-winning artist. Reprint.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Classics
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2013363733
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 5.00" L x 0.75" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Middle School, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): PreK
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1992 May #3)
This inspired collaboration marries the earliest work of the Opies--British folklorists who for four decades charted the territory of childhood through schoolchildren's language--with new illustrations that show Sendak at his finest. With the shape and heft of a handbook, the volume is, in effect, a primer of children's humor and lore. Many rhymes are instantly familiar; others are less so--especially those with a British tinge. Merely perusing the Contents page, with such tantalizing listings as ``Guile-Malicious'' and ``Guile-Innocent,'' is a delectable exercise. Because the Opies' particular genius lay in mapping the verbal turf of children themselves--and not adults' often sanitized versions--the rhymes they collected portray not only the playfulness of childhood but its occasional crudeness and cruelty as well. For the same reason, they exude spontaneity and energy. Sendak's illustrations pick up this energy and add their own. His characters are, variously, mischievous, sprightly, gnarly and spectral, and possessed of a seemingly endless array of expressions. Appealing and immediately accessible, they are drawn in simple, clean lines that recall his early work and painted with a broad palette that ranges from rich russets to soft indigos. The text and art are seamlessly interactive: small figures chase each other around the type; larger illustrations mingle images from several verses. And Sendak's ability to create provocative psychological dimension is in full evidence as well. The sequence illustrating the ubiquitous ``Rain, rain, go away'' is accompanied by a series showing a child's mother gradually transformed into a protective tree; the figure pelted in ``Sticks and stones'' is a skeleton itself. The republication of these rhymes brings the Opies' work full circle; the book seems a satisfying culmination of Sendak's gifts as well. Ages 5-up. (June) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1992 June)
K Up-- This is a new edition, with some few alterations in the text, of the earliest of the Opies' many books, and the one that initiated their lifelong research into children's games and verses. With a new introduction by Iona Opie, and the addition of brilliantly conceived illustrations by Sendak, the book is a delight for all ages. A section of ``notes'' explains the origins and some alternate versions of the brief rhymes, chants, and riddles that the Opies collected from children's sayings, taunts, counting rhymes, and schoolyard games. It is the voices of children echoing over the generations with the same banter, the same gross humor, and the same defiance of adult authority that gives the collection its universal quality. Sendak's drawings decorate the pages, with adults and children gliding and leaping through the book. Some of his figures are framed in more formal pictures, and all glow with color and energy, giving life and fuller understanding to the often cryptic comic verses. He captures the essence of childhood with its silliness, its love of action and violence, its secret delight in whatever adults think is rude and impolite. The combination of the Opies' work with Sendak's mastery of illustration for children, plus the fine quality of the printing and book production, make this volume a notable event in book publishing. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.