Some books are so beautifully illustrated that they need no words to tell the story. A childhood favorite, The Chicken's Child by Margaret A. Hartelius, is a great example. The expressions on the faces of the farmer and the chicken and her surprise baby are clear enough that a high school friend found himself halfway through it before realizing there were no words.
Some, like The Red Book by Barbara Lehman, require careful observation. Her illustrations are deceptively simple--what happens in the story is surprisingly complicated but satisfying. David Wiesner's books are all beautiful to look at: Sector 7 is funny; Flotsam has a mysterious camera wash up on shore, Tuesday has a very few words, and follows flying frogs through an evening of mischief.
Do you have a favorite wordless book? What is great about it?
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