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!!