Thursday, April 6, 2017
More, more, more: North, South, East, West; Margaret Wise Brown
Oh, deliciousness! A never-before-published work by Margaret Wise Brown! North, South, East, West is the question the young bird asks her mother before flying off into the world. Which way should she go? Mother never answers, but she allows the bird to discover the world on her own. Eventually, the bird returns east, to her first home. There she finds a mate, and when their eggs hatch, she sings the song her mother first sang to her. She, also, leaves their question unanswered for the chicks to find their own way.
The language is as beautiful and tight as you'd expect:
"Her mother taught her to ride the wind
and to fly above and below the storms,
and glide on the strength of the wind.
Greg Pizzoli's flat, graphic illustrations offer space for the little bird to soar in the world. The simple shapes are accessible and appealing. The digital work looks like a rough-edged print. What an honor to come alongside Margaret's text. Well done, Greg!
And thanks to Harper for bringing this work to the shelf. Whether we are north, south, east, or west.
North, South, East, West
by Margaret Wise Brown
illustrated by Greg Pizzoli