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Friday, June 13, 2014

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Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger is an enchanting tale of woe and luck.  At first I was intrigued by the fish on the cover that was carrying an umbrella (underwater) and had on a headscarf.  Doreen is on her way to visit relatives.  She has a chance encounter with a fisherman, first, then a Great Blue Heron.  It's an interesting story and I think Second or Third graders would get a kick out of it.  It's too long for my usual group of Preschoolers in Storytime, but if you come across a four-year old that has been read to a lot, this might be the perfect book to share one-on-one.
The illustrations were rendered in watercolor, gouache, pencil, and colored pencil on Fabriano watercolor paper.  The art is deep and mysterious in the water; it gives you some great perspective and shadows; and is just the right mix of whimsey and real for this adventure. 

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