{book} lines

Day Twenty-One: The Line  by Paula Bossio  Kids Can Press 2013 (first publ 2011) A little girl stumbles onto a line … and endless possibilities for fun! With a twist and a shake of the line, it becomes a slide, a giant bubble or even a jungle vine. But what — or who — could…

{book} excused

I had thought to save Excuses, Excuses by Anushka Ravishankar for another time, having already shared two of her picture books this month. It suddenly seems apt as I’ve dropped off the map for the long weekend. I am also going to argue that this provides the opportunity to not only continue to revel in Ravishankar’s…

for before facial hair & maybe after…

Day Nineteen: Big Bushy Mustache by Gary Soto, illus. Joe Cepeda Knopf Books, 1998 When teacher Mrs. Cortez tells the children to choose their costumes for an upcoming Cinco de Mayo reenactment, Ricky knows exactly what he wants to wear: the big bushy mustache. With the mustache, so much like his father’s, maybe no one…

rumor has it

Day Eighteen: The Rumor  By Anushka Ravishankar, Illustrated by Kanyika Kini Karadi Tales 2009 The villagers in The Rumor are “prosperous and happy, but had nothing much to do most of the time”–so they told tales. In this cautionary tale that plays out like the game ‘telephone,’ what comes out of the mouth of the protagonist literally…

counting to tree

Day Seventeen: One, Two, Tree! By Anushka Ravishankar and Sirish Rao Illustrated by Durga Bai Tara Books 2004 . . . . . . . . . . Durga Bai draws from the Gond tradition of painting to illustrate in bright and warm colors a tree increasingly crowded with creatures. Told in rhyme, One, Two, Tree! is a…

bringing art to life

Day Sixteen:  Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look and Illus. Meilo So Schwarz & Wade Books 2013 When an old monk attempts to teach young Daozi about the ancient art of calligraphy, his brush doesn’t want to cooperate. Instead of characters, Daozi’s brush drips dancing peonies and flying Buddhas! Soon others are admiring his unbelievable creations…

knock for yourself…

Day Fifteen: Knock! Knock!: My Dad’s Dream for Me By Daniel Beaty, illus. Bryan Collier Little, Brown for Young Readers 2013. Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleeptill he gets right next to the bed.And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”…

Hush & Peek

Day Fourteen: Hush! A Thai Lullaby and Peek! : A Thai Hide-and-Seek  both by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade. —————————————— Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, Illustrated by Holly Meade. Scholastic 2000 Lilting verse and bold, whimsical pictures tell the story of one mother’s efforts to quiet the animals – from the smallest mosquito to the great big elephant…

well, maybe…

Day Twelve: Fairly Fairy Tales   By Esmé Raji Codell, Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri Aladdin 2011. . Gifted writer and educator Esme Raji Codell has written a book that incorporates fractured fairy tales with this kind of parent-child interplay to create a pitch-perfect combination of bedtime read-aloud and fairytales that will delight children and parents!–goodreads Most picture…

gorgeously rendered

Day Eleven: Nasreddine By Odile Weulersse, Illus. Rébecca Dautremer Translated by Kathleen Merz Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2013 Orig. Flammarion 2005 (Fr)  “No matter what Nasreddine tries, it seems that someone always finds something to disapprove of. Nasreddine is a legendary character popular in stories told throughout the Middle East, and this clever story will bring…

a lesson in fiction and non-

Day Ten: Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle, Illus. Karen Clarkson Cinco Puntos Press 2010. . In this powerful family saga, author Tim Tingle tells the story of his family’s move from Oklahoma Choctaw country to Pasadena, TX. Spanning 50 years, Saltypie describes the problems encountered by his Choctaw grandmother—from her orphan days…

a warm welcome

Day Nine:  Welcome to My Neighborhood!: A Barrio ABC By Quiara Alegria Hudes; Illus. Shino Arihara Arthur A. Levine 2010. . An ABC introduction to a little girl’s neighborhood in all its rich detail. […] When Ava’s friend Chien visits her in the Barrio, she takes him on a tour of all of her favorite things…