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Stories in Verses for the Child You Love is a collection of short tales for preschool children, written and illustrated by Mary Alice Sutherland. In this collection, Sutherland covers topics such as the seasons, the alphabet, animals and insects, and she does so in a series of short rhyming tales. She uses duplication, alliteration and fanciful rhyme schemes to give each story a sense of humor and to appeal to young listeners, both for its content and the sheer appreciation of the sounds of the word combinations. Her illustrations include whimsical animal portraits including a frog, cow, pig and cats, as well as a number of full-scale nature drawings of fields, beach scenes, trees in bloom and gardens.
Mary Alice Sutherland’s collection of short tales for preschool children, Stories in Verses for the Child You Love, offers a verbal and visual feast for young children and their caregivers. Each of these tales is clever and charming, and the illustrations that accompany them are often superb, especially the nature scenes. Sutherland's beach, woodland and ocean scenes are suitable for framing on a child's bedroom wall. While the stories are aimed at preschoolers, this collection is also a grand selection for the somewhat more advanced new reader, who will often be able to guess at any new vocabulary from the context and pictures, and will find the repetition of words and rhymes to be quite helpful when attempting to read it aloud. Stories in Verses for the Child You Love is most highly recommended.