Four in All by Nina Payne

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A child's epic adventure is depicted brilliantly in this elegant and visually stunning collaboration between a mother and son. The poet--Nina Payne--conjures the world in all its symmetry and beauty, using only fifty-six common nouns that every child knows. The artist--Adam Payne---tells the story of a child's discovery of creation in exquisite cut-paper collage. The poet's and artist's visions come together seamlessly, enhancing each, transcending both to create a perfect picture book.

About Nina Payne

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Nina Payne is a poet and artist who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the author of All the Day Long, a book of children's poems.Adam Payne is an artist who lives with his wife and three children in Inverness, California. Four in All is his first picture book.
Published September 9, 2001 by Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In one particularly stunning spread the words “one two three four” accompany intricate illustrations of ten creatures—a big bee, two ants, three ladybugs, and four tiny elves—wending their way through the sinewy grass.

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The child's journey is archetypal, flowing freely into fantasy (e.g., the quartet of "bear bird fish snake" joins the girl at the table for "fork plate knife spoon") and back into the safety of home (in the end, the girl rushes back toward her house, where her family waits outside: "mother father...

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