Pictures help the story


Picture books have the ability to make a story come to life. Some use calligraphy, as in Claude and Frederic Clement's "The Painter and the Wild Swans," which is adorned with Japanese lettering. Collage is used by illustrators Susan L. Roth in "Cinnamon's Day Out: A Gerbil Adventure."

Chris Van Allsburg takes you where photographers and scientists fear to go in "Two Bad Ants," as it follows the ants on an adventure that lead them into a "boiling brown lake," which is actually a cup of coffee. The book "A Man and His Hat" by Letitia Parr is a rhyme tale that uses clay animations by Paul Terrett. David Wisniewski uses an Exacto knife and vividly colored cut paper in "Sundiata: Lion King of Mali" to give the illusion of pop-up illustrations.

Whatever the medium, a child's involvement with great artwork and illustrators will lead them to new insights. Barbara Langridge, manager of the Junior Editions bookstore at Columbia Mall, collaborated on this compilation of favorite children's picture books.

* "What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees," by Nancy Tafuri.

* "I Went Walking," by Sue Williams. Illustrations by Julie Vivas.

* "Zoom City," written and illustrated by Thacher Hurd.

* "The Z was Zapped," by Chris Van Allsburg.

* "Mouse Paint," by Ellen Stoll Walsh.

*"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

* "Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear," by Don and Audrey Wood.

* "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub," by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood.

* "I Lost My Bear," written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

* "No, David!," written and illustrated by David Shannon.

* "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears," retold by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.

* "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?," by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle

* "Hello, Red Fox," written and illustrated by Eric Carle.

* "Tops and Bottoms," adapted and illustrated by Janet Stevens.

* "Guess How Much I Love You," by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram.

* "Owl Babies," by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson.

* "The Crane Wife," by Odds Bodkin and illustrated by Gennady Spirin.

* "Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables," by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith.

* "The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups," written and illustrated by David Wisniewski.

* "Pete's a Pizza," written and illustrated by William Steig.

* "Jumanji," by Chris Van Allsburg.

* "Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm," by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Mark Buehner.

Pub Date: 01/13/99

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