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Imagine a Place: 06/13/12

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After my kids and I read Imagine a Place by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves. Since then we've been wanting to read their other collaborations. Gonsalves is a Canadian artist specializing in surrealistic paintings. Sarah L. Thomson writes short poems to describe his paintings and each book is centered on a theme.

Imagine a Night is themed around nighttime: sleep, snow, winter, candle light and similar. There are blankets of snow that become beds. Moon lit shapes become people (a woman walking from the water and a row of monks). Homes allow the outside in, such as a toy train becoming a real train and a forest growing out of the floor boards.

When we read the book together, we would stop to examine the painting. We were looking for how the words captured the painting. Then we looked at what was "off" about the painting, that point where one thing blends into another.

The endnotes have all the titles of the paintings. We stopped to read each title. Then we discussed the titles. We talked about the titles' meanings and whether or not they were a good fit for the painting.

Five stars

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