#AtoZchallenge: “V” is for Voices in the Park (2001) by Anthony Browne

Four voices.

Four different perspectives of the same walk in the park.

A mother. A son. A father. A daughter. Two different families from two very different socio-economic backgrounds. Both families are walking their dogs.

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The dogs meet and begin to play together. The children meet and begin to play together. What happens between the adults? Do they meet?

This story is a fantastic for showing young readers how we can see the same events and experience the same event, but yet have completely different responses. Our worldview and background shape how we respond to what happens around us, and even how we view other people.

Browne has illustrated and written a wonderful story illuminating the importance of looking beyond the surface, and appreciating a child-like way of viewing the world.

If you aren’t familiar with Browne’s visual style, you simple must get a hold of this book! I have used it with 3rd grade readers, among upper grades as well, and children have so many brilliant things to say about this story.

Are you familiar with Browne’s work? What is your favorite picturebook of his?

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