Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder

“Snow begins with a speck”. For the youngest readers, read the bold words on each page. Older readers will enjoy the explanations and captions. Close-ups of real snow crystals that make up snowflakes fascinate, and diagrams of snow crystals illustrate … Continue reading


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Creepy Carrots

Jasper Rabbit may be paranoid, but it seems like the very carrots he used to feast upon are now haunting him. Creepy carrots appear to be hiding in the shed and popping out of sidewalk grates. In Peter Brown‘s mainly … Continue reading

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I Have A Dream

Kadir Nelson illustrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s dream using the words of that well-known speech. Nelson creates a balance between history and a vision for the future:  We see both Dr. King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial … Continue reading

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Red Is Best

A Canadian classic, Red Is Best by author Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis, highlights the timeless struggle between what a child sees as important and what a parent sees. “My mom doesn’t understand about red,” our narrator states at … Continue reading

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Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Although Balloons Over Broadway crescendos at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the true story is Tony Sarg‘s consistent innovation and enjoyment in his occupation. He did not think of puppetry as work; in fact he said he never worked a day in his life. … Continue reading

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Twelve Kinds of Ice

An ode to ice and all its wonder and wintertime fun, Twelve Kinds of Ice reminisces about the anticipation of skating on a homemade rink. First comes the ice in the pail, so thin it breaks when touched. The colder the … Continue reading

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