Paintings are paintings, and homespun stories are just that. But combining both in a child's viewpoint is breath-taking. Beginning as a naive artist, Kurelek perfected his art form; putting details of his youth down in picturesque forms. Adding words to the paintings, is putting his works over the top. This is not the first book that I have of Kurelek; each one adds an inner depth to describe a passing part of his life, and probably, of yours.
Great to read one page at a time, every night, especially to children; look at each picture and discuss what is going on. A great learning tool at bedtime.