Elsies Bird by Jane Yolen reminds the reader of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the images her work conjures. This recent addition to prairie literature portrays the spirit of the prairie as well as the strength of those people who populated it. The lyrical style that has become a hallmark of Jane Yolen fills the pages with the sounds of the city and the prairie.
Ink, pastel and watercolor illustrations seem a little sparse, perhaps to show the isolation of prairie life. The watercolors are understated but the stark contrast of ink and white space with the watercolor washes felt a bit cartoonish. While interesting to look at, and while the illustrator, David Small, is a Caldecott winner, the illustrations didnt capture this reviewers heart.
The prose, however, did!