Here we are again, for another Perfect Picture Book Friday, Susanna Hill's brainchild. For information about the series, and how to participate, click here.
As I have mentioned before, my focus will be on Historic Fiction and Non-Fiction picture books, so, next in line is:
Title: The Secret Room
Author: Uri Shulevitz
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Copyright Date: 1993
Themes: Wisdom, Middle East Culture, Honesty, Humility
Synopsis (from book jacket):
While traveling through the desert, a king meets a man. "Why is your head gray, and your beard black?" the king asks. This question, and the man's clever answer, begins journey that leads him to a handsome reward and the answer to an even more puzzling question found within a secret room.
This wry, thoughtful story illustrated with jewel-tone tempera painting is sure to be a folktale favorite.
I like it because:
Any picture book with a link to history is fascinating to me! This one not only tells a clever tale, but the jewel-tone tempera paintings lend to the Middle Eastern feel. The author/illustrator has won a Caldecott Medals for his previous works, and readers have no trouble seeing why. I will be reviewing more of his books in future posts.
Some helpful links:
Middle East Culture:
Wise or Foolish:
Here's a Bonus:
A "How-to" book by Uri Shulevitz Himself!!
Having just attended a SCBWI conference, this looks like a stand-out book. And I love the other book you recommended!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Debbie...I love to read tips and insights from established authors. It's inspiring! And, I look forward someday to joining you at SCBWI...Delete
This sounds great, Jarm! Another Uri Shulevitz - can't go wrong there! :) - and I love folk tales, and picture books for the slightly older young reader, so all around a great choice in my book! Thanks for sharing this one!ReplyDelete
You are welcome, Susanna....I'm definitely concentrating on books for older children. Three cheers for PPBFs!Delete
Jarm, this book looks like a gem. I love stories about the middle east. The tips and insights add to the book's appeal. I can imagine the illustrations are beautiful. Kids need to be exposed to more of these important authors.ReplyDelete
I couldn't agree with you more, Patricia! I do love his illustrations. Thanks for stopping by...Delete
This is a wonderful book, Jarm! And I appreciate the resource and activity list. :) I've always loved folktales...and it looks like the illustrations are fantastic. Thank you for sharing this with us!ReplyDelete
You are welcome, Vivian. I'm not sure if I enjoy Uri's story or illustrations more...they are both winners!Delete
Thanks for this, Jarm. Until your posts, I'd not been aware of Uri Shulevitz -- PPBF is such a great way to expand one's horizons!ReplyDelete
You are right, Beth, and I'm so glad I've decided to join you! Thanks for stopping by...Delete
Beautiful story Jarm, thankyou. Love the vibrant colourful illustrations. Anything folklore or cultural theme is right up my ally!ReplyDelete
You are welcome...yes, those are among my favorite stories! Thanks for your comments...I hope to post some others of the same genre later on.Delete
Well said, Jarm.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Stacy...good to hear from you!Delete