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 pictureContinue reading “well, maybe…”

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 bringContinue reading “gorgeously rendered”

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 daysContinue reading “a lesson in fiction and non-“

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 thingsContinue reading “a warm welcome”

here you go…

Day Eight: Here I Am by Patti Kim, pictures by Sonia Sánchez Capstone 2014…the Book trailer  . Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly toContinue reading “here you go…”

with Quiet resilience.

Day Seven:  Bird          By Zetta Elliott , Illus. Shadra Strickland    Lee & Low Books, 2008. Hardcover. . Young Mekhai, better known as Bird, loves to draw. With drawings, he can erase the things that don’t turn out right. In real life, problems aren’t so easily fixed. As Bird struggles to understand theContinue reading “with Quiet resilience.”

{illustrator} Felicia Hoshino

I occasionally share an illustrator who has caught my eye. See the above “picture book list” for other illustrators highlighted on this blog. For ’30 Days of Picture Books’,“Day Six” features three books and an Illustrator’s Spotlight! Day Six: Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin; A Place where Sunflowers Grow; and Sora and the Cloud. —————————— “Felicia Hoshino was born inContinue reading “{illustrator} Felicia Hoshino”

a recipe that does NOT lead to disaster

Day Five: The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred              By Samantha R. Vamos , Illustrated by Rafael López Charlesbridge, 2011 . When a farm girl starts cooking, all the animals want to help. The cow contributes milk, the hen offers eggs, and even the duck makes a special trip to the market. Key English words change to SpanishContinue reading “a recipe that does NOT lead to disaster”

of a complex nature

Day Four: Migrant by Maxine Trottier, illus Isabelle Arsenault Groundwood Books/ House of Anansi Press, 2011. Hardcover, borrowed from Library. Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jackrabbitContinue reading “of a complex nature”

binding…and beautiful

Day Three: This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson; illus. James Ransome  Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin group), 2013. This is the Rope has one of the prettiest picture book covers: the warm colors, the brush work, the suspended movement. In the little girl’s hands is the legacy to which the title alludes.Continue reading “binding…and beautiful”