Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Wind Blew

Pat Hutchins’ classic books are still relevant today and The Wind Blew is a prime example. The wind keeps snatching items away from people and more and more things swirl around in the air above them. Illustrations give hints about what’s … Continue reading

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Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story

Set in apartheid South Africa, Journey to Jo’burg chronicles the journey of Naledi and Tiro, brother and sister, as they make their way to Johannesburg from their village. The 200 kilometer trip is dangerous for children who have never been … Continue reading

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Little Beauty

Who says a kitten and a gorilla can’t be friends? Former UK Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne, wrote and illustrated Beauty, which shows an unlikely friendship between two peaceful animals that are more alike than different. It also provides a brief, poignant insight into … Continue reading

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A Book About Color: A Clear and Simple Guide for Young Artists

Fun and simple, Mark Gonyea‘s book covers primary, complementary and analogous colours, as well as saturation, value and the colour wheel. There are six short chapters with only a few sentences per page and all pages are brightly illustrated. Chapter … Continue reading

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Uptown

Are you planning on going to NYC soon? Are you there already? Bryan Collier‘s Uptown takes you there like a local tour guide. I can’t wait to sample chicken and waffles or Harlem’s jazz. Iconic brownstones become a chocolate collage. The … Continue reading

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Along A Long Road

Follow Frank Viva’s biker along a long yellow road as he cycles through the city, past the shoreline, over a bridge and by the fairgrounds. The sights are varied and the yellow road is fun to trace with a finger. … Continue reading

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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

It looks like a scrapbook of refrigerator notes, journal entries and instant messaging, but Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf tells an intricate story of friendship, a delinquent sibling and Ginny Davis’s middle school angst all liberally dosed with humour. There’s … Continue reading

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A Million Dots

If today is your birthday, then it’s only 525,600 minutes until your next birthday.  Your heart beats about 700,000 times a week. And if you took one second to look at each dot in Andrew Clements’ book, A Million Dots, it … Continue reading

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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

I suggest reading this book two times in a row. First, read through the larger text, allowing the cadence of the words to resonate. Then read again, finding all of the labelled spirals (classic funnel tornado, gardenia, hibernating bull snake) … Continue reading

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An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm

Let’s start the new year with an ABC book for more than just the very young.  It’s a hybrid  nonfiction book with a bit of poetry and a few narrative anecdotes rounding out the lush information.  For the very young, … Continue reading

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