Tag Archives: imagination

What to Do With a Box

I know my kids aren’t the only ones who loved a big cardboard box to play in when they were little. The possibilities a box posed–it could be a fort, a house, a car. Imagination and crayons ran wild. What to … Continue reading

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My Pen

A lovely ode to imagination and creative expression, My Pen takes us on a journey of all the things a pen can do: sail to Africa, see with x-ray vision, ride dinosaurs and much, much more. Christopher Myers‘s pen and ink illustrations are incredibly … Continue reading

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Fortunately, The Milk

When Dad explains why it took so very long to get the milk from the corner store, a brother and sister have to listen to an outrageous tale including a professor dinosaur, time travel and a hot air balloon. The … Continue reading

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A bright yellow train travels from the city to the country, from mother to grandmother and the child on it travels through black and white scenes of the world, real and imagined. She tells us how her mother and grandmother … Continue reading

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Tiger In My Soup

“Today, my big sister is in charge of the house, the lunch, and me.” And all this boy wants is his sister to read his book to him. Without his sister’s attention, the boy launches into an inventive exchange with … Continue reading

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The Night I Followed The Dog

The Night I Followed the Dog is a fun and suspenseful read for anyone who wonders just what a dog’s life is all about–after we go to bed.  Filled with dogs who turn anthropomorphic at night, Nina Laden‘s picture book shows … Continue reading

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Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky: The Classic Poem from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-glass, And What Alice Found There, reimagined and illustrated by Christopher Myers, brings poetry and basketball together in a wildly colourful and beautiful book. Reading the poem is a delight for the … Continue reading

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Walter Was Worried

Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s expressive faces show a range of emotion from worry to delight while a storm rolls in.  Walter Was Worried is a unique picture book, capturing the feeling behind each reaction to the storm, giving children the vocabulary to … Continue reading

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Scones and Sensibility

For those who wish we lived in a more romantic age, enter Lindsay Eland’s Scones and Sensibility.  Polly Madassa is a self-made matchmaker, and fancies herself as Anne of Green Gables or a Jane Austen heroine.  While immersing herself in … Continue reading

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The Magician’s Elephant

Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful story about a boy searching for his sister and an elephant, and the adults surrounding them touches on tragedy, belief and hope.  Who cannot help but ache for Peter, who is being raised by a harsh old … Continue reading

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