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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marriage of Poety and Art, August 26, 2009
This review is from: The House (Hardcover)
The simple, two-word title and Innocenti's powerful cover art invite the reader to wonder about "the house"...what is this book about? Who are these people? How are they related to the house? A single page of text in the voice of the house as of 2009 (but built in 1656) foreshadows that the reader will learn much about the history of the house. The framed, small illustrations starting in 1900 on the left page focus on the lives of the people. Lewis's quatrains on the right share insights about the house that are then given new meaning on the following wordless two-page spread. Readers are immersed in the art, answering some questions and creating new ones as they study the house and the people in the illustrations. The pattern of poetry and art continue through the 20th century clearly demonstrating that a picture is worth a thousand words and masterfully written poems are worth the same. It's interesting that the poetry has a universal quality and could be illustrated in many, many ways but the marriage of the quatrains with Innocenti's art creates a true picturebook as the two combined offer a meaning greater than either alone.
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