Books: A Shelf of Small Wonders

Tales new and old from Andersen to Sendak

C.S. Lewis, author of the classic Narnia tales, once described his method of writing for the young: "With me the process is much more like bird watching than like either talking or building. I see pictures . . . Images always come first." This year that analysis also serves as advice: the best books for children bear illustrations that attract the eye before the text can beguile the mind:

Any year with a new Maurice Sendak production is an occasion; a season with two is a festival. In In Grandpa's House by Philip Sendak (Harper & Row; $9.95), the doyen of...

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