Friday, March 20, 2009

Mother Goose in California

My dad has just published a new book. It's an alphabet book that takes classic mother goose rhymes and illustrates them using California landmarks, activities, and native flora and fauna. Every page is densely detailed and repays close scrutiny. For example, on the page for letter V, which shows a cozy rabbit family in a firelit cabin, the constellations in the upper corners are Canis Major and Orion---the domestic life of the rabbits is subtly shadowed by two threats, the dog and the hunter.

The book combines dad's attention to detail, his whimsical appreciation of nature, and his love of the local. It's fantastic.

Buy a copy from Heyday or from Amazon.

Here's a video of dad talking about the book.

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