by Richard McGuire
This truly wonderful picture book never got the attention it deserved upon publication. Now it’s, tragically, out of print in all formats so if you can get your hands on a copy, please do not pass it by.
Following the path of fourteen oranges, McGuire uses just blue and orange set against a warm backdrop. With his simple and rich illustrations, the contrast works perfectly. Reminiscent of Peter Newell’s work, the art transports readers to an earlier era in children’s books.
The text is straightforward and concise, merely describing the destination of each orange.
“There once was a tree with fourteen oranges.”
Each orange has a different, and sometimes unusual, fate.
What’s more, one of them is bought by someone you know, “and may be the next one you eat.”