Deep in the Forest
This one is for Jori, who is knows all the names of the trees in the forest. Keep reading…
Deep in the Forest written and illustrated by Brinton Turkle is a story about a curious baby bear that wreaks havoc in the cabin of a pioneer family out for a walk. Illustrated only with pictures this story is a clever take on an old classic, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Deep in the Forest was first printed in 1976; instead of feeling dated the illustrations seem to add another layer of detail to the story where words need not fill. The pencil and wash illustrations are rendered in sepia tones and reminds me of autumn. The illustrations feel rustic, oozing warmth and charm, setting a perfect tone for a story that takes place during the pioneer era.
Deep in the Forest, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Brinton Turkle
Brinton Turkle was born on August 15th 1915, in Alliance Ohio. Discouraged by his teachers Brinton did not pursue a career in illustrations until later in life. Brinton drew constantly in school, “Unfortunately, none of my school teachers appreciated it. If only one elementary school teacher had egged me on, I think I would have acquired art skills much earlier than I did.” It wasn’t until the birth of his two daughters that he began creating stories for them.
Publisher Perfection Learning (August 1, 1992)