Work Title: A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It
Work Author(s): Kathy Stinson and Deirdre Betteridge, illustrator
28 color illustrations, 32 pages, Hardcover $18.95, 978-1-55451-126-6, Softcover $6.95, 978-1-55451
Children's Picture Book
Reviewer: Julie Falkner
"A barn can have a horse in it." That line, considered but rejected as the opening of Charlotte's Web, inspired this appealing picture book that gently muses on what can be found in what. The small protagonist ponders the potential contents of various containers---a tree, a sock, a window---while enjoying life on the farm with Dad, Grandma, and the puppy.
Author Kathy Stinson has written many books for young people, including Red is Best. The simple text of A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It has a comforting repetitive structure, but occasionally diverges from the pattern to add an element of surprise: "Can a pond have a splash in it? Oh, yes! Oh, no!" The rural setting evokes simple pleasures---such as hanging out the laundry with Dad---and the story is satisfyingly circular.
Deirdre Betteridge has honed her artistic skills through...