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The latest in kids' books -- See what we thought of "Museum Shapes," "Three Golden Keys," and "Zeke Pippin."

The latest in kids' books

November brings young readers photos of a fruitful harvest, the story of a musical porker, and a mix of folklore and science fiction.

AGES 6 MONTHS TO 2 YEARS

MUSEUM SHAPES Gisela Voss; illustrated by Kyung Mi Ahn Works of art on the left-hand pages illustrate the shapes on the right — Joan Miro's Cloud and Birds, for instance, is matched with squiggles. Voss' board book is colorful enough, but most toddlers will be more interested in chewing the pages than in admiring the masterpieces. B-Leonard S. Marcus

AGES 2 TO 4

A BOOK OF FRUIT Barbara Hirsch Lember A visually sophisticated book about fruit that is surprisingly thin in content. Each spread displays a hand-tinted photograph of a different fruit, along with a picture of where it grows: ''Bananas. Banana plantation.'' Lovely to look at, but all too terse. B-Michele Landsberg

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Alan Marks Puckish watercolors and an airy, welcoming design make this compendium of 60 much-loved rhymes (''Peter Piper,'' ''London Bridge'') a nursery treasury that families will really Treasure. ALSM

AGES 4 to 8

ZEKE PIPPIN William Steig When a harmonica-playing pig puts his family to sleep with his tunes, he goes in search of a more appreciative audience. Here, Steig hits a poignant note: Few kids haven't shared this craving for family approval. Steig's deadpan drawings are a hoot. ALSM

THE THREE GOLDEN KEYS Peter Sis In a series of elegantly spooky drawings, Sis evokes a surrealistic trip back to the Prague of his childhood, in which he finds three golden keys that unlock his boyhood home. A kafkaesque work that is subtle and emotionally powerful. AML

AGES 8 TO 12

ONCE UPON A GALAXY Josepha Sherman Folklorist Sherman has done more than present a collection of stories-she's dipped into science fiction, folktales, and pop culture to highlight their universal themes. Her connections are inspired. B+ML

Originally posted Nov 25, 1994 Published in issue #250 Nov 25, 1994 Order article reprints