A king and queen have sheltered their daughter her whole life, but finally decide it is time for her to marry. They consult a wise man as to how to choose a groom and he advises them to chose the man who can show them they most wonderful thing in the world. They send out a proclamation and while suitors come to try their luck, the king and queen send the daughter out to tour the city. As she explores her kingdom with a handsome young tour guide, the guide comes to realize what the most wonderful thing in the world really is.
I haven't reviewed a picture book on this blog for a while, though I read them all
the time. I read so many it would take too much time to review them
all. I really liked this one, though. French's text is sweet and
lyrical, and Barrett's watercolor illustrations are charming. Ms
Barrett has set the story in the early 1900's Italy, and the
illustrations have a gentle Art Nouveau style, with decorative boarders and long flowing lines. This is the kind of picture book I would have liked as a little girl.