Charlie Cook loves to curl up in a comfortable chair and read his favorite book about a pirate captain who, after being forced to walk the plank, discovers a treasure chest in which there is a book about Goldilocks reading in Baby Bear's bed. Each reading character's book opens to another book until a ghostly girl's book reveals Charlie Cook in his armchair. There are hints of characters in that first double-page spread; they just do not make sense until seen through the entire text.
Watching the children notice and discover, scan and point, reinforces my conviction in the power of picture books.
What would they notice in the turtle image above? Thanks to Lois Ehlert's work in Leaf Man for inspiring me to combine natural objects in art.