The Forest Pool by Laura Adams Armer tells story of a young boy and his friend who want to catch an iguana for their own zoo. They are rewarded eventually with a lesson and an item far more valuable than the lizard. At first I was not sure about this book, but by the time we finished reading I had grown to love the characters and their story. The colorful, large illustrations accurately depict the story and add to the Mexican cultural feel of this book.
1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – Very colorful, Mexican folk art paintings.
2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – Yes. Turning finally to the illustration of the iguana which was being described in the previous pages, we were not disappointed. He was as exotic-looking as the boys in the story imagined him to be!
3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.” – The Mexican folk art makes this story believable.
4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – I enjoyed that each integral part of the story was described first in words, then depicted in the illustrationson the next page. Each of the characters and the setting are engaging, and the plot is easy to follow.
5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – The colorful art depicting very engaging scenes, including parrots and an inguana, make this book visually exciting for children.
Age Range: 3-10
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