Jawa El Khash El Khash itibaren Kociha, Slovakya
This is the story of an "old, old, old, old road" - a path really, and those who have come down it since time immemorable. We trace its roots in a reverse chronology as we turn the pages to reveal the surreal illustrations - paintings done in a dreamy, soft glow. So who came down that old road? The narrator's great grandparents, and before them, there were soldiers, and before them there were Pioneers. The book goes back and back, before and before and before through Indians and Buffalo, Wooly Mammoths, fish, and before them the sea, the ice, all the way back to the mysteries of "the making place." The illustrations and text provide a trip back through time, but grounded in place, making this book a delightful journey that ends where it really begins. The illustration of all of the different footprints of the ages is profound and beautiful, and the book ends on a quiet note of the sublime. George Ella Lyon has a way with words. Though she's sparing with them, she chooses just the right ones, and I think young and old alike can relish them. This is an amazing book for reading aloud, as young people are fascinated with recursive questions like "And what was before that? And what was before that?" And this book takes joy in answering just one. This is one that settles in under the skin, amazes and inspires awe on the first read, and then on subsequent reads, it humbles, makes you feel small, like you are a part of a journey that is so much larger than you are that it is beyond comprehension - another mystery of "the making place" and its questions. There is something eternal here, and children are fascinated with things like this. Because of its simplicity, this is a book that young readers will treasure, and since there are so many more questions that it can inspire (What is a salt-lick? How big was a mammoth? What tribes of Indians came down the road that we live on?), it is a book that we can use as a tool to inspire wonderment.