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Simeon's Gift

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Magical fairy tale weaves rich tapestry for all.

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It's refreshing to find such a remarkable book as SIMEON'S GIFT, a true fairy tale with rich poetic text interwoven with amazing illustrations. This simple, gentle tale is enriched both by the figurative language in which it is told and the watercolor illustrations that hang like medieval tapestries on every page. Scattered with words not often found in kids books, like "encampment," "invigorated," and "cacophony" as well as similes, metaphors, and alliterations, the story becomes magical and musical.

The watercolor illustrations of Russian artist Gennady Spirin further enhance the music and the magic. Brilliant even in the paperback edition, each one is a masterpiece in detail, color, and technique, and brings to mind the work of the Renaissance masters. Because of its magnificent illustrations, the hardcover edition might be the better purchase -- it includes a CD of the story read by Dame Julie Andrews.

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