From Publishers Weekly
Mavor's (Mary Had a Little Lamb) distinctive, multidimensional art, a satisfying pastiche of curios, fabrics and creative needlework, is surely the heart of this visually enticing volume. Doll-like characters pop from the pages as Turner (Drummer Boy) follows a girl through a day. Brief poems describe the narrator's world, e.g., "The heart of the house/ is my kitchen:/ orange cat by my seat,/ a muffin warms my hand,/ talk like clouds of steam." With similar phrasing and cadence, she observes, "The heart of the street is my sidewalk," "The heart of the town is my school," "The heart of the afternoon is my friend" and so on. Observant youngsters may wonder at an inconsistency: the text concludes with the words that the moon "comes back to me /deep in the pillow,/ deep in the bed,/ deep in the heart of/ the house" this last no longer referring to the kitchen. But most will probably be too caught up in the pictures to notice. The girl's bedroom, for example, is a 3-D fantasy incorporating wood (bedposts, chairs, window frame), tiny stuffed animals, a beautifully embroidered rug edged with rickrack, and more. Arts and crafts enthusiasts will find inspiration in Mavor's work; nearly everyone will find something to admire. Ages 4-8.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-This poem follows a little girl from morning to night. "The heart of the day/is the sun:/a warm blanket on my eyes/and nose and feet,/a gold hat for my head." She describes the heart of her home (her kitchen), her yard (her tree), her town (her school), and more. With simple, fresh images that are grounded in the physical and the immediate, the appealing verse is beautifully illustrated with fabric collages. Children will love the color, the detail, and the three-dimensional look Mavor achieves. More a loving mood piece than a story, this title may not be an essential purchase, but is certainly artistically successful in its near-perfect blending of text and visuals. A cozy look at a happy and peaceful child.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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