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Roger Pare

Toronto, Annick Press, 1990. 22pp, cloth, ISBN 1-55037-086-3 (paper) $4.95, 1-55037-087-1 (cloth) $12.95
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Kindergarten to Grade 2/Ages 5 to 7
Reviewed by Jane M. Smith.

Volume 18 Number 3
1990 May

Roger Pare began his publishing career in 1967 and in 1979 won the Canada Council's Children's Literature Prize for illustration. "What I want for a children's book are illustrations that will have the quality of a painting," explains Pare. "I think that children are sensitive and feel what an artist can say with images. The image must reach them. When the image is explicit enough, what writing I have to add is little in terms of quantity."

Pare has definitely achieved his aim in Play Time. His joyful, humorous paintings have a warmth and vitality that would entice any young reader to jump into the pages to stroll down the street with the hilarious monkey family, eat cheese and fruit with the cat and mice, join the animal band, giggle with the monster mama, play ball with the foxes, eat big fat apples with a big fat bear, read books with Grandma Mary in her big cozy bed, etc.

Simple four-line poems accompany the ten illustrations. There is no story­line, just wonderful pictures of animals having fun. Highly recommended for the Primary grades.

Jane M. Smith, Calico Public School, North York, Ont.
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