Sunday, February 15, 2009
Before I learned to read, I was read aloud to. A lot. And one of the thrills of the primary grades, while I was learning to read, is that every week we'd visit the library in our school, and one of the librarians would read to us from a picture book. The three of these books that really stuck with me- to the point that I can see them in my mind like it was yesterday- were "A Snowy Day" (which has a place on my nieces' bookshelves), "Baba Yaga," and "Tikki Tikki Tembo."
What I didn't realize until two weeks ago is that "Baba Yaga" and "Tikki Tikki Tembo" were illustrated by the same man, Blair Lent. "Baba Yaga" is a Russian folktale about a scary witch, and "Tikki Tikki Tembo" is a Chinese folktale.