WHEN I WORE MY SAILOR SUIT written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz (FSG)

June 30, 2009 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

sailor suitA childhood memory is transformed into a charming period story (before WWII) about a little boy in a sailor’s costume who is brought back from his imaginative high seas adventure to reality by the threatening countenance of a man in picture that hangs on the wall.  While the dark side of imagination threatens to disrupt imaginative play, fear is overcome and the boy ventures forth once more on the high seas of imagination.

The first person account is echoed in the watercolor illustrations that capture the child’s perspective.  Reality and fantasy blend through the filter of memory—my favorite spreads—the boy climbing the steep mountain (stairs), and finding safety beneath the skirts of the table. 

Picture Book, recommended- Judith (WLS)


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