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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden and Renata Liwska

Release Date - December 2013

Nina Laden
Renata Liwska
Little, Brown

Book Review by Bob Walch

Renata Liwska’s marvelous illustrations make this picture book about memories come alive. Featuring a small child and a collection of little animals, the central question raised here is, “What do we remember?”

Does a feather remember it once was a bird? Does a book remember it once was a word?’

Although the text is minimal the illustrations expand each question and provide more meaning. (A picture is worth a thousand words certainly applies here!) For example, on one page you’ll see the little boy raking leaves.

Does work remember it once was play?’

The adjacent page shows three cute raccoons having fun and frolicking in a pile of leaves.

The final page of the book encourages the reader to list a few of the “favorite things” he or she remembers. In a classroom situation or story time at the public library, this question could really engage the audience and be a fun activity.

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