Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Simple Pictures Are Best

a picture book by Nancy Willard, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Simple Pictures Are Best is a funny story about a shoemaker and his wife who want to get their picture taken for their wedding anniversary.

When the photographer arrives, the couple can't seem to agree on anything! One wants the picture taken in front of the house. The other wants to show off their squash in the garden. One likes the blue hat. The other prefers the red.

During this process, the photographer constantly stresses, "Simple pictures are best!" But the couple don't listen.

When they're finally ready for the picture, they look... well, bizarre. Feathery hats, fiddles, carrots, shoes - on ears. In the end, they do discover that the photographer was right all along: "Simple pictures are best."

This was one of my favorite books when I was little. I found the illustrations hilarious, and I love the story. This book helped me to learn to accept good advice when given. And, of course, that simple pictures are best.

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