Me And You

Anthony Browne‘s “enchanting new take on the Goldilocks story” is a treat to read and me-and-youexplore. While the three bears go on a walk and let their porridge cool, we simultaneously see Goldilocks’s story unfolding in wordless panes. Why did Goldilocks go into the bears’ house in the first place? And where did she run off to? Me and You is an interesting read sprinkled with mystery.

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Nuts to You

Nuts to You is a highly entertaining and wise account of squirrels rushing around the forest, wondering what the humans are doing cutting down trees along the buzz path. perkins_nuts-to-youWhen Jed, TsTs, Chai and Tchke figure this out, they are off to warn the others. Unfortunately, most squirrels can’t understand the complicated process, so they turn moving into a Game.

“Live for the moment,” said Jed. “But bury a lot of nuts.”

Written and illustrated by Lynn Rae PerkinsNuts to You is a story within a story that’s fun, environmental and wise.

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Bug In A Vacuum

Bug in a Vacuum is so much more than a picture book. First off, it’s way more than 32 9781770496453pages. Those pages, though, are jam-packed with fabulous illustrations, funny anecdotes that move the story forward and…a bug and dog. The dog chases the bug. The bug gets sucked up by a vacuum, along with the dog’s favourite stuffed toy. The rest of the book goes through Kübler-Ross’s five stages of grief: the dog for his missing toy and the bug for missing his old life outside of the vacuum. I won’t ruin the ending, but there is well-illustrated documentation of denial, bargaining, anger, despair and acceptance.

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Sun and Moon

Books-SM-CoverA modern-day fable about the sun and moon switching places, Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey is a beautiful picture book about the idea that someone else has it better. Moon imagines that sun has many more beautiful sights, and so he asked Sun to trade places. Wise Sun says yes, on two conditions. Read and discover the beauty of the night.

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Jason Chin‘s nonfiction picture book,  Redwoodstakes us on one boy’s visit to the home redwoods_cover1-200x293of redwoods. Did you know that plants grow in the crevasses of redwoods? Did you know that a whole ecosystem exists in the redwood canopy, never touching or seeing the ground? The tallest redwood, Hyperion, is 379.1 feet tall, and still growing. Redwoods can live through fire. The facts are amazing.

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Terrible Typhoid Mary: True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

Before reading Susan Campbell Bartoletti‘s middle grade book about her, I did not know much about Typhoid Mary. In fact, I thought she was a fictional character. I was wrong. She was a real TERRIBLE_TYPHOID_MARY-200x300person, who cooked for many families in New York City and surrounding areas until the New York City Board of Health tracked her down and held her in near isolation on North Brother Island. A strong and healthy woman, Mary Mallon refused to believe she was spreading typhoid fever via the food she made.

Terrible Typhoid Mary presents all sides of the story, from George Soper who claimed to be the first who discovered Mary and her unique “healthy carrier” status, to Dr. Josephine Baker, who confronted Mary in order to collect samples that would detect if and where the typhoid germs originated in Mary. Many pictures and a timeline round out this well-written account of Mary Mallon.

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Wait by Antoinette Portis is about a boy who sees many interesting sights while his mother holds his hand and wants to hurry. For a young child, stopping to watch portis_waitconstruction or pet a dog is a valuable use of time and this book reminds the reader of those little moments we need to take to enjoy everyday life. The illustrations show the story: the mother is hurrying to catch a train, and every time they stop, it makes them a bit later. In the end, however, the child and mother agree to wait and watch the beauty of a double rainbow.

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Vincent and the Night

c7aef85e96ced5b3-ScreenShot2015-04-16at84442Vincent doesn’t want to sleep, and so he unravels the night. Shown via photographs of Vincent with black drawings on a white background, Vincent and the Night by Adele Emerson is an interesting and entertaining exploration of what a baby thinks up when he is not sleeping at night.

Reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon because of its imaginative drawings that change from page to page, Vincent and the Night is sure to charm all ages.

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Make Lemonade

When fourteen-year-old LaVaughn finds a babysitting job in order to earn money for college (and no one in her whole building has ever been to college), she ends up taking care of Jilly and Jeremy, the children of a seventeen-year-old mother trying to make ends meet without welfare help. Through LaVaughn, we see the dirty apartment and the undisciplined kids, but webk_make also see the love of a mother and the desire to make things work better. For anyone who has experienced poverty or worked with those in need, this book will ring true. It explores how we take advantage of others, how we think we help and how sometimes we just don’t know what we need to know.

In the center of Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff, we hear the story about making lemonade so different from the trite statement people throw around– that sometimes its not life that hands you lemons, sometimes its people who harm you and steal from you and through sheer strength, you can feed your children lemonade.

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The World in a Second

At any given second, different events are taking place around the world. The World in a World in a second-2Second shows a snapshot of twenty-three different places, one on each page: Coro, Venezuela; Khalkis, Greece; Cartaxo, Portugal; Baltic Sea; East London, South Africa and more. This is a large book, better for admiring the action-packed illustrations by Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo P. Carvalho (translated from Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann).

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