Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey




Bluebird is a beautiful and unusually illustrated children's book. The illustrations are done in a sparse, yet delicate style with the bluebird being one of a few featured colors on each page. The occasional flowery typeface and the collaged images add a touch of whimsy to the whole look. The bluebird is in search of his friend the wind, without whom he's convinced he can't fly. He looks high and low around the city and country encountering dandelion seeds, kites and scarves who also can't fly without the wind. In his search, he realizes that he's flown to the tallest building without his friend the wind. At the end of the book his friend returns, but the bluebird now knows he can also fly alone.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle

This is a great book for a picky eater. Nacho is very picky, he only wants to eat one thing; Gazpacho.  When he learns to cook the soup on his own he realizes how many yummy things there are to try.  The story is told in a rhyming mix of Spanish and English.

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When Christmas Feels Like Home by Gretchen Griffith
Friends by Eric Carle


Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas is the continuation of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Mr. McGreely just can't get away from the bunnies that ate his garden. They follow him on his vacation. Eventually he gives in and realizes that they can be friends and have fun together.

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Oh, No! by Candace Fleming
Just Ducks by Nicola Davies
Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Tulip Loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Tulip Loves Rex is about a little girl who is a bit different, she loves to dance so much that it's just about all she does.  One day she meets a dog who loves to dance just as much as she does.  This is a cute book that is sure to delight any little dancer or dog lover.

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Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd
A Bunny in the Ballet by Robert Beck
Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson


Stella's Starliner by rosemary Wells

Stella's Starliner is charming, as are all of Rosemary Wells' books.  Stella lives in her silver home and is happy there until some weasels tease her about it.  Eventually Stella comes to realize that her home is wonderful and she shouldn't worry what others say.  Older kids will understand the simple lesson this book teaches; younger kids will love the sweet story and Wells' illustrations.

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Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden
Sparky by Jennifer Offill
Shoe dog by Megan McDonald

Nest by Jorey Hurley

Using just one word on each page, Nest tells the story of a bird family and what their life is like.  The illustrations are simple, yet there is enough there to expand on the one word per page.  The birds are shown during all the seasons, and all of the times of day, which makes the story easy for any child to relate to. 

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Baby Bear by Kadil Nelson
And Then it's Spring by Julie Fogliano
Birds by Kevin Henkes

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Journey by Aaron Becker



This is a beautifully illustrated story which is told without words. A lonely girl finds a red crayon and uses it to draw a door into an adventure. The scenery is in subtle monochrome while the magic elements appear in red or purple: the boat, the balloon, the bird and the magic carpet. This quiet and cinematic book was a 2014 Caldecott honor book.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jemmy Button by Alix Barzelay, Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali (illus.)


Based on the true story of Orundellico, a boy from the islands around Tierra del Fuego  (Chili/Argentina) who was taken from his homeland to England in 1830. He spent 15 months in the U.K. where he learned some English and adopted the dress of Victorian England. Using mixed media shapes, the artists show what the boy must have felt upon seeing the strangers. Silhouettes of men are shown wearing Victorian clothing in the wild and lush jungle."We will call you Jemmy Button," the visitor said as he gave Orundellico's family a mother of pearl button in exchange for Jemmy. On his voyage, Jemmy looked out of the porthole and is amazed at the sea life. All of the artwork serves to show how the world felt to Jemmy, whether it was astonishment, alienation or homesickness. Jemmy Button does eventually return to his island and it's way of life. Through it's
simple pictures and limited text, this book succeeds in conveying the emotions of Jemmy/Orundellico and a small portion of his life.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Ball by Peter McCarty

Fall Ball is another excellent book by Peter McCartney. The illustrations are fantastic as always and the story is fun. It's a great story about Fall activities, and the children in the story enjoy a beautiful fall day and a game of football. A must read!

Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
Cosmo Zooms by Arthur Howard