Play Time


32 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 1-55037-086-3
DDC jC813'.54






Translated by David Homel
Reviewed by Ethel M. King-Shaw

Ethel M. King-Shaw is a professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction
at the University of Calgary.


This book, intended for young children, was written originally in French
and illustrated by Roger Paré. Animals are personified in 10 discrete
anecdotes showing a variety of activities: singing, dancing, drawing,
acting, practicing with an orchestra, playing volleyball, eating apples,
and reading a bedtime story.

The brief text is written in large, clear letters. Accompanying each
simple rhyme is a full-page illustration that expands greatly on the
printed text. The most charming quality of Play Time is its imaginative,
colorful drawings. Each one conveys the main idea clearly and yet
contains many enriching details. The animals engage in activities with a
great deal of zest. Readers will enjoy the incongruities and humor.


Paré, Roger., “Play Time,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 27, 2024,