October 23, 2013

Pumpkins at sea

Spin to Sea
written & illustrated by Izra Fitch

Carved pumpkins are set afloat in this luminous picture book. This is Izra Fitch's first book, and it's a credible accomplishment. She ably conveys the warmth and joy of this particular harvest festival. However, there are a few minor problems. While the words are lovely, the rhyme scheme is uneven. The verses that have few or no rhymes sound much better. Also, though the story is set in Nova Scotia, the final picture seems to depict a medieval village instead. It has a distinct European look. Perhaps some background information is needed - did the festival originate in Europe?

Still, this is an attractive book. It will be interesting to see what Fitch will create next.

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