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Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Favorites

The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan is delightful!  When going out to swim one day, in his pool, a boy runs into trouble, a whale of a problem.  There's a whale in his tiny pool. Nothing gets the whale out.  But with a little ingenuity the boy figures it out.  You'll love the ending, I did!
The art is done digitally in Illustrator.  It is bright and inviting.  The story and art go well together and the story has just enough humor to draw in both children and adults, which is not easy to do.
I look forward to seeing more from Joyce!  I'll use this title with children from Preschool age to 2nd grade.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thrilling Thursday

My Pen by Christopher Myers is a wonderfully creative, inspiring story.  With just a pen you can do anything.  I can't wait to use this book this summer to introduce some art projects to show the kids that come in my library what you can do when you try. 
The art was created with Pen and Ink, I think.  It sure looks like it, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't also digitally altered in some way.  
I'll use this book with all ages.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday

See You Next Year written by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Todd Stewart is the perfect summer story.  It's about a family that goes on vacation to the same place every year.  They travel the same way, they stay in the same cottage, they go to the same beach.  This year the little girl makes a new friend. This story has a timeless quality to it and certainly a nostalgic feel to it.  It reminds me of childhood vacations and the vacation spot my husband and I love to go to each summer.
The illustrations in the book were inspired by the silkscreening process. They appear to be done with pastels or crayon with pen and ink and watercolors.  His use of light is very well done. There is a limited palette of color on each page and the art gives the story an added yearning vibe for your childhood.
I'll use this title with Kindergarten to Third grade students.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Terrific Tuesday

Hiccupotamus Steve Smallman, illustrated by Ada Grey is a story full of sounds and music.  The jungle animals are having fun making sounds by the creek, turning it into a song. At the end, when the hippo says he was helping, the animals don't agree, but the hippo was the one who made the creek go bubble with his hiccups.
 The illustrations look like they are mixed media, maybe some digital, but watercolors with colored pencil and some crayon or pastels.  They are bright, cartoon style and lively.  The jungle animal characters are so sweet and fun.  
This title will be perfect for a preschool Storytime about animals, musics, and sounds.  It's just right for Toddlers to Kindergarteners. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Marvelous Monday

I Don't Want to be a Frog written by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt is a hilarious story that I fell in love with this year!  This young frog just doesn't want to be a slimy frog, but he is.  He'd rather be a rabbit or pig or owl.  He doesn't like eating bugs or being wet.  He comes across a dog that tells him it's good he's not a cat or rabbit because that's what he loves to eat.  All in all, the young frog begins to appreciate who he is.  
The digital art is is a little quirky and quite fun. It uses speech balloons for when the animals talk back and forth which is very affective. 
This title will fit right in using it for print awareness in Early Literacy uses and for Letter Knowledge and Writing.  I'd also point out to parents how this story is all about the adult frog and younger frog having a conversation, so it certainly uses Talking from Early Literacy too.  
Teachers and parents can bring Science into this story with what different animals eat, and their habitats too. This could introduce the concepts of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.
I'll use this story whenever I can with Preschoolers to 3rd graders.  It's one of my favorites of the year.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Marvelous Monday

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith is an amazing wordless story. It starts off with very little color in a graphic novel way.  The child has a red jacket and the flowers found along the way have color. Other items pick up color along the way, also; they are strategically placed - a lady's flower dress, a colored bottles in a window, birds, cars, the closer they get to home, the more color there is.  The child leaves flowers along the way too, in the shoe of a man asleep on a bench in the park, on a dog's collar, on a dead bird in the park, and in the mother's hair when the father and child reach home.  Their yard is covered with flowers.  It's unclear if the child is a boy or girl.  And it doesn't matter, it's a simply, lovely walk home.
The illustrations were done in pen and ink and watercolor, with digital editing.  There is so much detail and contrast because of the very little color, and because of all of the pen and ink drawing.  
One reason I love this book is that no matter how many times I go back and read through it, or look through it, I still find more to find.  That to me is a sign of a great picture book, when you keep finding more. When you've read it 10 times and still love it more.
I'll use this with Preschool children to Second graders. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday

You Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Temple, illustrated by Melissa Sweet is such a lovely watercolor, mixed media title.  It starts with a mother and daughter, time to go to bed, then continues with other 'nestlings'. It's rhyming and informative about where birds make their nests. 
"Pigeons nest on concrete ledges, catbirds nest in greening hedges, tiny wrens, in shoreline sedges. You nest here with me."
Melissa's illustrations done in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media are expressive and lively.  I just love her style so much.  
It's a comforting story, meant to show your child that their home is with you.  I'll use this with Preschool to 2nd grade.  I like how you could slip this in with a bird theme for Storytime or a parent and child theme.  With all the babies, I took notice of it for Spring.