- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (Feb. 15 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552545643
- ISBN-13: 978-0552545648
- Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.3 x 24.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Voices in the Park Paperback – Feb 15 2000
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"Highly original talent . . . Browne's picures of the city streets and the park are a joy to look at . . . Anthony Browne first editions are likely to become collector's items" * Daily Telegraph * "An instant classic" * Financial Times * "The haunting Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne turns a simple tale and a visually stunning series of surreal pictures . . . into a many-layered odyssey . . . this book will last a long time" * The Times * "A genuinely thought-provoking read, and, as usual with Anthony Browne's work, the illustrations, with their surreal references draw the reader in" * Sunday Telegraph *
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FIRST VOICE:... frightful types in the park SECOND VOICE:... took the dog for a walk THIRD VOICE:... I had to go home FOURTH VOICE:... I felt really, really happy
Four different people visit the park, and their lives touch for a time. What do they see? What do they say? An intriguing and involving book that invites examination again and again. Witty and thought-provoking. Subjective viewpoint. The park reflects the character's moods and perspectives. Come for a walk in the park... What will you see? What will you hear?See all Product description
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I believe that with the story the author is suggesting that we open our eyes and see the big picture. Appreciate what is happening around you. I may not be hitting this right but I read this book over and over and I see a deeper meaning in this story then just to describe the occurrence in the park. I believe that the author wanted to show the simplicity in children's thoughts and show that they are so peaceful and appreciate and want to know everything and everyone without any prejudice or immediate assumptions. Also within the pictures there are so many hidden meanings that you wouldn't notice first off. The pictures display the emotions of the character. An example is one picture where Charles, a boy being reprimanded by his strict mother, meets smudge, a happy go lucky girl. His side of the picture is all gloomy skies and her side is happy and colorful.
There are beautiful paintings in this book that catch the eyes of any age. The creativity of using different fonts was wonderful; it keeps kids interested in what they are reading. I love this book and I feel that every time I pick it up I will find something that I had not noticed before and I love books like that.
As an elementary teacher I am using this book as a way to teach my students about literary concepts and reading response. The children love it and quickly catch on - without feeling that it is too "young" for them or, on the other end of the spectrum, too sophisticated for them to understand.
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