Book Review: The Important Book

The Important Book
By Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
HarperTrophy, 1989
Age Range: 4-8

The important thing about this book is
that it is lyrical.
It is fun to read,
and it has lovely pictures,
and mistakes the obvious for the important,
and you can use it to teach children to write,
and describe things for themselves.
But the important thing about this book is that it is lyrical.

And now it’s your turn. What are you reading this week?

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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4 Responses to Book Review: The Important Book

  1. Michael says:

    The important thing about this book is
    that it mistakes the obvious for the important,
    the superficial for the significant,
    and the trivial for the meaningful.
    It is true that it is lyrical,
    and that it has lovely pictures,
    and lovely colors,
    But the important thing about this book is that it mistakes the obvious for the important.

    .

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    • shalahowell says:

      The important thing about this book is
      that it gets you fired up to comment on my blog.
      It is true we don’t agree,
      and I am more likely than you
      to be lulled by lyricism
      and to forgive the focus on the trivial
      and superficial at the expense of the significant
      Because for me, the important thing about this book is that
      it gets you fired up to comment on my blog

      And in my living room
      And in my daughter’s room
      And in the kitchen
      And in the car
      About this apparently quite thought-provoking book.

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  2. chris9911 says:

    This must be the only Margaret Wise brown book I am missing from my children’s book collection. I better hop on amazon books before I forget.

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