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A Day To Remember, by Bernard Stone. Illustrated by Anton Pieck. Music by Wallace Southam. New York: A Benn Book/Four Winds Press. $10.95.

A simple story is crafted as a framework for Dutch artist Anton Pieck's album of village scenes of Northern Holland. Pieck's visions are unabashedly sentimental, lavishly detailed, and peopled with characters that catch a child's curiosity.

This is an ideal book for family reading with children since each page is an exotic tableau of Victorian life: horse-drawn wagons, trips to the marketplace for holiday foods, and families skating on the frozen Zuider Zee. Adding to the celebration is original music with words.

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More than mere nostalgia, the book is a visual song of praise for the small delights and personal activities that light up a holiday city.

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