Archive for the ‘Picture Books’ Category

The Bobbin Girl

Saturday, December 20th, 2008
written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
At age ten, Rebecca is the youngest worker at a cotton mill in the 1830s. When the mill owners decide to lower wages, the women who work there do something unprecedented –they walk out in protest. Though their heroic stand costs them their jobs, Rebecca learns an important lesson in standing up for what is right. Based on actual events. Recommended for ages 6-10.

Mabela the Clever

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Tim Coffey
“In the early times, some were clever and some were foolish. The Cat was one of the clever ones. The mice were mostly foolish.” But one little mouse, Mabela, had been taught by her father to be clever. By listening, looking, speaking carefully, and moving quickly, she even outwits the clever cat and thus saves her whole mouse village. MacDonald’s delightful re-telling of a traditional Limba story teaches children the importance of learning from one’s elders. Coffey’s vivid illustrations perfectly support the upbeat storyline. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Fiesta Fiasco

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by Ethan Long
Conejo, Iguana, and Tortuga go shopping for birthday presents for Culebra. Guided by Conejo’s advice, they each purchase an item that Culebra will have little use for. They are, however, exactly what Conejo wants! This funny story is perfectly matched by Long’s farcical illustrations. The text includes Spanish vocabulary words that are easily deciphered from the story’s context. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Ant and the Elephant

Saturday, December 6th, 2008
written and illustrated by Bill Peet
When an ant falls into the river, his plea for help goes unheeded by the old turtle who was passing by. But soon enough the turtle is in need of help too –and so are all of the other selfish animals in the jungle. Lucky for them the kind-hearted elephant comes to the rescue. But when the elephant suddenly finds himself in need of some help, who among them will show his gratitude? Recommended for ages 3-8.

The Ugly Vegetables

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
written and illustrated by Grace Lin
A young Chinese-American girl helps her mother plant seeds in their garden. But unlike all of her neighbors with beautiful flower gardens, their garden produces only ugly vegetables. When harvest time arrives, however, she comes to realize her crop’s real value. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Rain Came Down

Monday, November 17th, 2008
written and illustrated by David Shannon
On Saturday morning, the rain came down. It made the chickens squawk. The cat yowled at the chickens, and the dog barked at the cat. Each cause and effect leads up to a huge, noisy, bickering mess . . . until the sun comes out. Shannon’s distinct illustrations keep readers hooked from start to finish. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Another Important Book

Monday, October 27th, 2008
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Chris Raschka
“The important thing about being one is that life has just begun” –thus begins this charming book chronicling life from ages one to six. Brown perfectly captures the excitement a young child feels from of growing, learning, and doing. Raschka’s dynamic illustrations add life to each page. Recommended for ages 1-6.

Humphrey’s Corner

Monday, October 20th, 2008
written and illustrated by Sally Hunter
Humphrey is a young elephant looking for a special place to play. But nowhere seems to be just right –until Mommy comes to the rescue. Hunter’s sunny watercolor illustrations cheerfully invite you to experience the world from a toddler’s intimate perspective. Other Humphrey books are equally delightful. Recommended for ages 1-4.

Humphrey’s Birthday

Humphrey’s Family (Viking Kestrel Picture Books)

Humphrey’s Christmas

Humphrey’s Garden (Picture Puffin)

Humphrey’s Bedtime

Fanny’s Dream

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
Fanny is a country girl with big dreams –someday she will marry a prince, or at least the mayor’s son, and live a life of ease. But when her fairy god mother fails to appear, Fanny settles for the young farmer next door. Years pass and Fanny stuggles the best she can to raise her family and scrape a living out of the ground. Then suddenly one night, Fanny’s fairy god mother belatedly appaers offering her the opportunity she always dreamed of. But, will Fanny accept it now? This delightful story stands Cinderella up on end. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Snowman

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs
When a young boy builds a snowman in his front yard, it unexpectedly comes to life. The boy shows his snowman around his home, and in return, the snowman takes the boy on a magical journey to the North Pole. This story without words has become a classic Christmas tale and was even made into a short film. Recommended for ages 2-6.