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Another important book
Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Illustrations and simple rhyming text describe how a child grows from ages one through six.
General Note:
"Joanna Cotler books."
Reading Level:
AD 300 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 45314.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 20819.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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In a playful voice that is uniquely Margaret Wise Brown's comes this delightful picture book about just what it means to be six, five, four, three, one, two, and "most importantly" you.

Caldecott Honor Medalist Chris Raschka's innovative illustrations burst with energy and dance along with Brown's whimsical verses of discovery.

"Energetic artwork and vivacious verse delineate the wonders children discover and the milestones they reach, from ages one to six. A joyful book with a timeless theme," said School Library Journal.

Another Important Book is an invitation to celebrate toddlerhood. Turn the pages to celebrate exactly what's so important about some of the most important ages of a child's life. This is the never-before-published companion to one of Margaret Wise Brown's most beloved children's books of all time, The Important Book.

The Important thing

about being One

is that life

has just begun.

Author Notes

Margaret Wise Brown was born on May 10, 1910 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, to Robert Brown, a Vice President at American Manufacturing Company and Maud Brown, a housewife. She attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland for three years, before attending Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for two years. In 1928, she began taking classes at Hollis College in Virginia.

In 1935, Brown began working at the Bank Street Cooperative School for student teachers. Two years later, her writing career took off with the publication of "When the Wind Blows." Over the course of fourteen years, Brown wrote over one hundred picture books for children. Some of her best known titles include Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny.

Margaret Wise Brown died on November 13, 1952 of an embolism following an operation in Nice, France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Illustrative interpretations of the loving, perceptive writing of Margaret Wise Brown are always welcome, and doubly so for previously unpublished works like this one. Raschka has made this new book an homage to Brown's most productive years, the 1940s and '50s, right down to the typography. He studied illustrators from that era, such as Robert Kraus and Marc Simont, for inspiration, but he also built on his own Mysterious Thelonious (1997) in creating illustrations that are fluid, musical, and spontaneous. Expressive children, created with gestural ink lines and colorful transparent washes, dance, jump, and play to the tune of Brown's poetic yet developmentally sound ode to growing up. However, the virtues of these figures are sometimes their vices--the thick lines that catch some gestures nicely are awkward or even contorted in others. Complexity that is music on some pages at other times becomes cacophony. Another Important Book leaves one wishing to see less homage and more consistency from Raschka--and, inevitably, sorry that Margaret Wise Brown is no longer writing. --Tim Arnold

Publisher's Weekly Review

While Brown's 1949 title, The Important Book, described the essential qualities of the familiar things in a child's world, this never-before-published companion addresses the developing characteristics of children themselves. As Brown leads readers through the ages of one to six in a series of jaunty rhymes ("The important thing about being Four/ is that you are bigger than you were before"), Raschka (Like Likes Like) emerges with a series of images whose fluid lines, simple geometric structure and concisely edited palette bring to mind the Bauhaus School. A master at conveying motion with a simple sweep of his watercolor brush, he launches a succession of sprightly imps to cavort against backdrops of mustard yellow, brick red and Prussian blue. For the progression from chubby babies ("You've found your nose/ and discovered your toes./ You've seen the moon/ and felt the sun") to agile kindergartners ("You learn how to count./ You learn how to read./ You know how to dress/ and get what you need"), Raschka assigns each age group a geometric shape: a simple circle represents age one, pairs of stacked squares indicate two, a five-pointed star signifies five and so on. All the forms blend together in visual harmony for the sweeping finale. It's a pleasure to hear the organic rhythms of Brown's prose again, and Raschka paints in boisterous surprises. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Energetic artwork and vivacious verse delineate the wonders children discover and the milestones they reach, from ages one to six. A joyful book with a timeless theme. (Sept.) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K In comforting language and perfect rhyme, this previously unpublished companion to Brown's classic The Important Book (HarperCollins, 1949) identifies significant achievements and developments, year by year, in a young child's life. Using the second person, the text addresses youngsters directly, succinctly describing a one-year-old: "You can't quite talk./You can't quite walk./You've found your nose/and discovered your toes." The excitement of being two revolves around all the new things "you can do." Being three means discovering "ME." Questions are presented in a circular pattern around tricolored circles, emphasizing the newfound joy of self-awareness. For each age group, there is a corresponding number of geometric shapes. For example, a page describing four-year-olds shows a wide-eyed child surrounded by four triangles. Raschka has done a lovely job of creating illustrations that capture the look and feel of books published during Brown's era. The pictures show children joyfully testing new abilities. The last page offers the same delightful affirmation as its predecessor the important thing "is that you are you." Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.