Sunday, March 22, 2015

A House of Leaves

Kiyoshi Soya
illustrations by Akiko Hayashi 1986

What's more perfect than finding a little hideaway during a spring shower?   The Japanese illustrator Akiko Hayashi draws an adorable little girl named Sarah who is playing in the garden when drops of rain begin to fall.  When you're small, you can find little nooks and hideaways, and that's just what Sarah does.  "A roof of leaves makes a good roof," she whispered.  

But when you sit still and quiet in nature, you're not alone for long, as Sarah finds out. 

I like how the pictures are vignettes on the page, almost like you are peering through a hole in the leaves to see her.

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