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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday

Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif is a lovely story about being brave.  Frances Dean was afraid to dance around other people, but she so loved to dance.  So little by little she started to share her dance with others.  First it was the birds, then a cat, then a dog, and she moved on to sharing with people.  
The illustrations were done in pencil and colored digitally.  I love the little park, forest area that she's created around Frances Dean.  Her house, school and neighbors are charming, but the animals and nature are even more inviting.  I feel like I would be brave too, if I had those birds, squirrels and critters to encourage me.
I'll use this title with children in Preschool to 2nd grade.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Terrific Tuesday

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant is amazing!  I love Morris, he is himself, he knows what he likes and he sticks to it.  " Morris built his own." is the best line of all.  The others don't want to include him because of his preferences, so he builds his own spaceship and wears the dress anyway, and clicks in the shoes.  Morris is my hero. "This boy does." Second best line - EVER!
The illustrations were done in charcoal, watercolor, pastel and Adobe Photoshop. They are mostly muted colors so the orange tangerine can stand out so well.  I love how the tangerine dress kind of floats in and out.  You can almost hear it crinkle.  Another aspect of this story that is marvelous is there is no adult interruption or interference.  Morris works it out with their acceptance of his choices.  And the children come around as the example is shown.
I'll use this with PreK to 3rd grade.  This is a title that is a must have in any library.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Marvelous Monday

The Fruits We Eat by Gail Gibbons is another win for this awesome author/illustrator.  This informational text lays out how fruits are good for our health. It takes us through he different kinds of fruits, like from bushes, trees, plants, vines, and farms. 
The art is rendered in watercolors and I think ink.  I've always loved her straight forward artwork that shows how things grow or work.  She has this uncanny knack for making a scientific process simple and understandable but she doesn't 'dumb' it down for children. 
Teachers, here is a link to her webpage for a teacher's guide. It doesn't include the fruit book yet, but it includes a lot of her other informational texts.
This title will be used with Preschoolers to Third grade. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites

Daddy's Zigzagging Bedtime Story by Alan Lawrence Sitomer, illustrated by Abby Carter is so terrific!  The kids are so bored with Dad's attempt to read a bedtime story, and sad that mom had dinner out with the girls, until Dad makes up a super-duper tale. He uses what the kids like, their toys, and a bunch of crazy made up stuff, which is amazing, of course!
The art appears to be watercolors.  They are bright and expressive.  With this story and art, children in Preschool to Second grade will be encouraged and hopefully parents will be too, to make up silly, exciting stories to share.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thrilling Thursday

Lost for Words by Natalie Russell is another book about writing.  And it's such a charming tale.  Tapir has a new notebook and pencils and thinks he needs to write in it.  He doesn't seem to be able to come up with any kind of story.  For inspiration he wanders around and sees what his friends have done.  Giraffe writes lovely poetry, hippo has a way with stories, and flamingo makes songs.  Tapir just doesn't do any of those.  After a bit, he lets his own talent come out in the way of pictures. 
The artwork was done with screen printing. This is a sweet gentle story with quiet soft friends that let each other be themselves.  Tapir felt at a loss to not be creating as the others, but once he found his own voice he found himself.  The colors and drawings reflect the kind and inventive nature of the story direction.  
I'll use this title with Preschool to Second grade students. It shows the many ways to communicate feelings, ideas, and concepts.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday

If I Wrote A Book About You by Stephany Aulenback, illustrated by Denise Holmes is a delightful book about a mother's love for her child.  She writes how wonderful her child is everywhere in all kinds of ways. She writes it with tree branches, toy pieces, peas, noodles, sunshine, and stars.  
 The artwork was hand drawn with ink pen or nib and then scanned in and colored digitally. There are so many different types of writing, using lower case letters with sticks, cursive in the sand, upper case with dominoes, and so many others.  This is a great way of showing children different kinds of font, writing, and environmental print too. We see signs on shops, with straight lines you make cursive writing, and with stars, or bubbles you piece them together to make letters.  This book with please the Early Literacy Librarians and Teachers immensely!  I see this winning some "Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play" awards this year.  See more on this at Every Child Ready to Read.
I'll use this title with PreK and Kindergarten and recommend it to parents and teachers to read with their children.  It's such a loving story.  It would be fun to have kids come up with personal ways their parent would write about them, like at a little league game, with the bats, or at the park with stones, or swimming with floaties or water waves.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Terrific Tuesday

I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian, illustrated by Paige Keiser is a rhyming, animal songfest.  Farmer Brown is headed to town, he meets calico cat wearing a hat, who starts singing about how much he loves his hat.  This reminds me of Pete the Cat with it's rhyming and singing simplicity. The story continues as Farmer Brown keeps heading to town and meets many other animals along the way. We rhyme mouse with blouse, goat and coat, as well as shoes and caribou, learning to rhyme an animal with a piece of clothing.
The illustrations were rendered in watercolors, brush and ink, and pastel on soft press watercolor paper. I love the drawings, line work and the impish personalities of the animals. 
I'll use this title with PreK to First graders.  I really look forward to using it in Storytime.