Friday, November 30, 2012
Find "September" in A Child's Calendar, a collection of twelve of John Updike's poems that describes a child's journey through the seasons from January through December (c. 1965). Caldecott award winning artist Trina Schart Hyman illustrated the collection (c. 1999).
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
So you loved P. L Travers and/or Disney's Mary Poppins (yes, they're different), and your kids are begging for more. Enter: Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (text c. 1947, renewed 1975). And critically acclaimed artists Hilary Knight's pictures (illustrations c. 1957) and Alexandra Boiger's illustrations are a wonderful addition to MacDonald's charming text.
Betty MacDonald spun her stories first to her daughters' delight and then for the whole world to enjoy. As our publisher (Scholastic) accounts: Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Robert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.
Ages 6 to 10
And when you discover that you have reached the end of the book and the kids are still begging for more, don't fret, there's always: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic, Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm (illustrated by none other than Maurice Sendak)
This post is lovingly dedicated to all four of the Lewis children. Have a great week, friends!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The eldest checked out a new book, which was entitled The Quiet Place (c. 2012) by Sarah Stewart with pictures by David Small. What ended up surprising me most was discovering I couldn't get through it without choking up!
"Momma, why are you crying?"
"Because . . . this story . . . is just . . . so . . . moving!"
What are the publishers saying about it?
When Isabel and her family move to the United States, Isabel misses all the things she left behind in Mexico, especially her Aunt Lupita and the sound of people speaking Spanish. But she also experiences some wonderful new things -- her first snowstorm and a teacher who always greets her with a big smile. Even better, Papa and her brother, Chavo, help her turn a large box into her own quiet place, where she keeps her books and toys and writes letters to Aunt Lupita. As she decorates and adds more and more boxes to her quiet place, it is here that Isabel feels most at home in her new country while she learns to adapt to the changes in her life.
Set in the 1950s and told through Isabel's letters to her aunt, this story of immigration and assimilation will win the hearts of readers. The husband-and-wife team of Sarah Stewart and Caldecott Medalist David Small has once again created an utterly charming and unforgettable young heroine.
And once we finished the book, the child said:
"That was a really cool story, Mom!"
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Find "November" in A Child's Calendar, a collection of twelve of John Updike's poems that describes a child's journey through the seasons from January through December (c. 1965). Caldecott award winning artist Trina Schart Hyman illustrated the collection (c. 1999).
Monday, November 19, 2012
Two years ago, I recommended to my young friends a story entitled This First Thanksgiving Day by Laura Krauss Melmed and Mark Buehner (c. 2001). Well, I stand corrected! My elementary friends have quite enjoyed this Thanksgiving story too!
Revisit my previous post here. Then consider letting the older readers read it to their younger siblings. And while the younger siblings look for the hidden turkey on each two-page spread, have the older siblings look for that quirky dinosaur on various spreads (we're still not sure just how many). While the younger siblings count the people on each spread, have the older siblings practice their addition by finding and then adding the various animals (squirrels, rabbits, fish, birds, geese, chickens, etc.) on each spread. Either way, enjoy the fun activities while celebrating Thanksgiving!
Parents, this would be a great book to check out before that long car trip or while you're trying to get dinner on the table but the Macy's Day Parade ended hours ago.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Well, now there's a fierce competitor! Take a look at Matt Tavares' illustrated version entitled: Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy's Song About Thanksgiving Day (c. 2011).
One word: BEAUTIFUL! Tavares cleverly weaves a story using the warm and humorous notes of a good storyteller . . . all through the media of pencil and paint brush. In fact, I would love to frame the opening title-page spread.
So just in time for Thanksgiving . . . check it out!
Also, (or if you can't make it to the library in time) discover the illustration process through the actions of artist Matt Tavares':