Clara and ASHA
Clara and ASHA
Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596430310, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2005
In "Clara and Asha" -- as in Eric Rohmann's Caldecott Medal-winning "My Friend Rabbit"--a simple storyline becomes the basis for fun and sophistication. Clara's friend Asha is an enormous fish, which means that hide-and-seek, Halloween, snow days, and afternoons in the park offer surprising opportunities for adventure. With oil paintings that playfully suggest stories within stories and convey great emotional range, this is a captivating book about the special world of a child's imagination--where a giant fish might come to visit, and the things you do and the things you fell with an imaginary friend are intensely real.
"Rohmann has perfected the art of letting the pictures tell the story.... Rohmann offers youngsters a taste of power, liberation and joy—and a good joke on the final page."
--Publishers Weekly "Rohmann’s fine, friendly oil paintings range from frolicsome daytime scenes to lush, hypnotic dreamscapes in deep, shadowy blues."
--Kirkus Reviews "The oil paintings portray a natural world in all its glorious seasons, brimming with mystery and delight, where time spent with a friend is one of life's greatest joys. Children will revel in the opportunity to see their dreams and longings realized so enchantingly."
--School Library Journal "The artwork ... is magnificent."
--Booklist "Expressive oil paintings underscore the magic of a young girl's friendship with Asha, a giant imaginary fish.... Will delight little ones."
--Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005