by Larry Broutman & Rich Green
Illustrated by John Rabias
Lake Claremont Press:
A Chicago Joint
By digitally imposing photographs of children into fairytale illustrations, classic works of art, and outdoor photography, Chicago Treasure creates a whimsical world where any kid can dive into a storybook and become the main character, step into a painting at a museum to take a closer look, or ride a bear to the Bears stadium.
While youth from all walks of life, ranging from babies to teenagers, populate Chicago Treasure, many are students at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled’s preschool. In this inclusive and empowering book, every child, regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, or age is free to see themselves take on great roles in literature and art. Accompanying the memorable images are clever original poems and playful newspaper articles that tell fresh, condensed versions of classic stories.
All author proceeds go to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Access Living Chicago.
A tribute to Chicago and especially its children, this book flies on imaginations wings while dabbing into the touching richness a city has to offer.
While this book has much to offer in the way of poems and news-article like stories to read aloud, it holds more. Each page is like stumbling onto a new treasure. The authors and illustrator have found a way to allow childlike imagination to take flight in a way which brings out the best of a city. There are several 'chapters' dividing the fairy tale articles, from famous artwork, and lastly, well-known sights from around Chicago. Each of these holds bright, rich pictures which include real Chicago kids. The diversity is as vast as fantasy itself and inviting as well.
This is a book which invites for a short flip-through again and again, and is perfect for kids to stumble through on their own, whenever they have an extra moment. There are lovely poems just right for kids, strewn throughout the pages. The news articles in the fairy tale section deliver known stories in a more news worthy way, giving them cute and fun little twists, which are sure to surprise young listeners and readers. The artwork section not only sets real children into the pictures, but gives a short description of the piece's title, location and artist. In the Chicago photographs, information and location descriptions bring the scenes to life. Each photo is accompanied by the name of the children pictured.
It's a wonderful tribute to Chicago and the children living there, while offering a collection of photographs and moments which are sure to not only delight readers, but keep them coming back to discover more.
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Larry Broutman’s other photography books include Chicago Unleashed, Chicago Monumental and Chicago Eternal.