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Don Quixote and the Windmills

Don Quixote and the Windmills

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 5 & Up
Author: Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrator: Leonard Everett Fisher
ISBN: 0-374-31825-5
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Senor Quexada, better known as Don Quixote, peers nearsightedly out at the reader from the cover of this brief re-telling of the most famous episode in his legendary career. Kimmel’s text is straightforward, even workmanlike, and the drama comes almost entirely from Fisher’s color-saturated figures set against stark white backgrounds. The expressions on the face of the hapless knight’s horse, Roscinante, provide a wry wordless commentary on the action, while the short, fat Sancho Panza stolidly munches his bread and cheese in the background. This will make an excellent introduction for younger readers to Cervantes famous comic figure and perhaps encourage more interest in reading about his further exploits. At the very least, it provides an entertaining explanation of the expression “tilting at windmills.”
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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