Book Review: The Important Book

Review cross-posted on our sister site, Caterpickles.

The Important Book
By Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
HarperTrophy, 1989
Age Range: 4-8

Shala’s Take:

The important thing about this book is
that it is lyrical.
It is fun to read,
and it has lovely pictures,
and mistakes the obvious for the important,
and you can use it to teach children to write,
and describe things for themselves.
But the important thing about this book is that it is lyrical.

Michael’s Take:

The important thing about this book is
that it mistakes the obvious for the important,
the superficial for the significant,
and the trivial for the meaningful.
It is true that it is lyrical,
and that it has lovely pictures,
and lovely colors,
But the important thing about this book is that it mistakes the obvious for the important.

And now we want to hear from you. Have you read this book? What do you think of it (poetic rendering of your opinion strictly optional).

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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