In this Caldecott Medal Winner from 1938, Dorothy Lathrop creates a book that is equal parts faith and fur, Christianity and creation. For she takes all of the various passages of the Bible that describe animals and places them back to back with full scale pencil illustrations.
I really, really love this idea. And Ms. Lanthrop’s illustrations are beautiful, given to detail, and exceedingly lifelike. However, they appear heavily influenced by a Grecian form which I’m fundamentally okay with, but which left Eve, Jonah, and David all needing a little more clothing. If you catch my drift.
Some parents may be bothered by the fact the Jesus and several angels are depicted in drawings.
Conclusion. A beautiful, sober book, but one which some parents would want to add sticky notes to. :)
Review © 2015 Laura Verret