This is picture book comes from the era of my childhood although I don’t think I ever read it until I was an adult. It’s the story of a couple who build a life together and when a big wedding anniversary rolls around they decided to have a photographer come and take their photo. The photographer and his young assistant James come to the farm to take a picture with a large box camera. They start off with a simple photo in front of the house, but the photographer asks a series of questions about what they want. His questions are always this or that and his assistant James convinces them to do both. It gets crazier and crazier until you just have to see the actual photo he took.
After every time they add something the photographer would say “Simple pictures are best.” That is one of my best pieces of advice I’ve gotten from a picture book. It’s Occam’s Razor for kids.
When I’m trying to figure out how to do something, I always tell myself “Simple pictures are best” and look for the simplest way to do it. You might have heard me mutter this to myself. I say it a lot. So now you know what I’m talking about.
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