Monday, November 16, 2015

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World
by Vivian French
illustrated by Angela Barrett
Candlewick Press, 2015. Picture Book
Here is a new, beautifully illustrated, folktale.  A king and queen have sheltered their daughter her whole life, but finally decide it is time for her to marry.  They consult a wise man as to how to choose a groom and he advises them to chose the man who can show them they most wonderful thing in the world. While suitors come to try their luck, the king and queen send the daughter out to tour the city.  As she explores her kingdom with a handsome young tour guide, the guide comes to realize what the most wonderful thing in the world really is.  French's text is lyrical, and Barrett's watercolor illustrations are charming. Ms Barrett has set the story in the early 1900's Italy, and the illustrations have a gentle Art Nouveau style. This book will enchant those who love princess stories and their parents. 

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