The illustrator of A Stick Is an Excellent Thing
, LeUyen Pham, also illustrated Desmond Tutu's excellent picture book [b:God's Dream|4473555|God's Dream|Desmond Tutu|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320497857s/4473555.jpg|16349153]. She's a rock star! In the end, it was the illustrations I enjoyed most about this book. Sigourney's favorite illustration? A close-up of a girl hanging upside-down on the jungle gym. Her head's drawn right-side up with the rest of the world upside-down, a semi-point-of-view shot of the world from her perspective. The drawing of kids on a swing set ran a close second.
The text consists of poems about outside play. The games include things like barrel rolling down a hill, statues, hop scotch, monkey in the middle, and double dutch - all games Sigourney thus far has spent little to no time playing. A Stick Is an Excellent Thing
would be fun to check out with children old enough to learn to play these games after reading about them.