Huck, Charlotte (illustrated by Lindsay Barrett George.)
SECRET PLACES: POEMS.
New York: Greenwillow Books, (1993.) Hardcover First Edition
First printing. A collection of poems for young children, selected by Charlotte Huck and strikingly illustrated in full color by Lindsay Barrett George. From the Publishers Weekly review: Almost surrealistic, larger-than-life flowers and insects surround George's multi-ethnic cast of children, while varied perspectives and lighting enhance the unique intimacy of each poem. With few exceptions, Huck has selected favorites from well-known children's poets--A. A. Milne, Rachel Field, Gwendolyn Brooks, David McCord--and included only those verses that would appeal to youngest readers: 'Down among the cobwebs and grasshopper spittle /I can hide and peck around and be glad I am little' (Nancy Dingman Watson). Poems about hideouts of 'autumn leaves in a pile that high' (Aileen Fisher), about treasure boxes 'of important things that I'll never show / to anyone, anyone else I know' (Myra Cohn Livingston), about tents made from blankets and porch chairs, will reassure children seeking a place that may be 'dark and safe' (Elizabeth Coatsworth) or where they can 'linger alone . . ./ Lost / In a book' (Karla Kuskin). Large format, 32 pp. A beautiful book, surprisingly uncommon in the hardcover first edition. Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.) .ISBN # 0-688-116698
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