Thursday, November 29, 2018
Stumpkin c) 2018 Lucy Ruth Cummins; Stumpkin is the proverbial “runt of the litter”. He takes rejection upon rejection until he wins out from being the last pumpkin standing. This is a sweet book with a triumphant ending. (It is similar to stories where there is one last toy or one last puppy, etc.) And it is great paired with The Ugly Pumpkin c) 2005 by Dave Horowitz.
If Picasso Painted a Snowman c) 2017 by Amy Newbold. This book introduces the reader to the art forms of many famous artists such as Pablo Picasso from the title. A few others reflected are Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollack, Claude Monet, and Georgia O’Keefe. The thread is what would that artist’s take on a snowman potentially look like? It is a great premise, an engaging book, and creates lots of room for terrific conversation and learning.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
I love this gorgeous rendition of a traditional favorite! Troll gets a taste of his own medicine. In the end note, Jerry Pinkney tells us, "I invented the character of the giant fish to offer a way for the troll to recognize what he'd done to others and to experience his word-bullying from another point of view." Further, later on in the note he says, "Ultimately it was only my imagination, however, that could invent the characters of these ever-so-relatable billy goats Gruff. They are, like many of us, both meek and at the same time strong in the face of adversity...and they must work together to 'stand up to the bullies' and be a force of change." c) 2017
Sunday, November 18, 2018
I Yam A Donkey! c) 2015 by Cece Bell; This hilarious book is about grammar but how, in the end, grammar doesn't matter much if you are in mortal danger!
The Yoga Game by the Sea c) 2014 by Kathy Beliveau; This is a great combination of riddles about things by the sea and the directions for accompanying yoga moves. Painted in quiet pastel water colors, this is a beautiful book!