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The Room of Wonders

The Room of Wonders

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Sergio Ruzzier
Illustrator: Sergio Ruzzier
ISBN: 0374363439
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Review:
For each of us, the definition of a treasured found object is different. In the eyes of the collector, an old key, a golden autumn leaf, a fallen feather from a red-tailed hawk, or a seashell is remarkable. An old postcard that survived writer and recipient, a marble from a best friend’s collection, or a rusted toy truck, recalls a person, time, or place that we cherish or ponder.

Here, Pius Pelosi is a pack rat with the eye of an art collector. In The Room of Wonders, Pius exhibits his treasures with the skill of a curator. When visitors come to admire his collection, Pius is happy to tell the story of how he came upon all or any of the marvelous objects on display. But when the admirers repeatedly question the beauty of a plain small gray pebble and the validity of its prominence, Pius’ belief in the integrity of his collection is shaken.

With his signature muted colors and illustrative style, Sergio Ruzzier delivers this philosophical tale with warmth and wit and charm.

Claire Green   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.


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