Saturday, June 16, 2007

Picture Book Saturday!!

It's Saturday again, which means picture book reviews! I know I missed last Saturday, so instead of three reviews, you get six. Hopefully you will find something in here that you or your children will enjoy! Here we go:

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra introduces a bookmobile driver named Molly McGrew. On accident one day she drove her bus into the local zoo, where she learned that animals loved books and reading, but had no one to supply them books! Molly sets out to find the perfect book for each animal. Tall books for the giraffes, joke books for hyenas, and lots more. Once the animals have the right books, Molly quickly learns that she needs to teach them to care for the books as well, because they love them a little too much!

With illustrations by Marc Brown, this book was adorable. It also would be incredibly helpful in teaching children book etiquette. Plus, kids that love books will enjoy the title! Very cute for preschool and up.

A wonderfully written book with some Biblical background is titled How Noah Chose the Dove, written by Isaac Bashevis Singer, with illustrations by Eric Carle. The story, accompanied by the pictures, explains how all of the animals attempt to prove their greatness to Noah, in order to be the chosen ones for the Ark. The animals try to outdo one another, constantly arguing as to who is the best of the best. Noah finally notices a dove, the single animal that has not tried to win the invisible battle of the best and it is that animal he chooses as his special messenger.

Singer wrote a very educational, yet entertaining book for young children. With Eric Carle's pictures, this makes a great read aloud for preschool and up.
Seven for a Secret, by Laurence Anholt is a book I had never heard of until I ordered it for the library, but was delighted by it once I actually got a chance to read the story. Ruby, a young girl living in the city with her parents, writes letters to her grandfather in the country, describing her life. The book is written entirely in the form of these letters, which, being a style not typically seen, is refreshing. The reader gets to view the bond that forms between a young girl and her grandfather, the difficulties the girl faces in her every day city life, and the eventual passing of her grandfather.

Though the issue of death is dealt with in this picture book, it is done so in a tactful and educational manner. I loved this book and will soon purchase it for my own shelves. The words are wonderful, as are the illustrations (done by Jim Coplestone) and I would recommend this for all children, preschool and up. Parents should read it first, due to the death topic, but I'm sure you'll find it as wonderful, and appropriate, as I did.
Another delight that I had the pleasure of picking up, was My Hippie Grandmother, by Reeve Lindbergh, which I originally planned to review last week. This lovely book, filled with beautifully bright illustrations, is written in poem form, telling the story of a young girl with a hippie for a grandmother. The grandmother has a boyfriend named Jim, plays the banjo, hasn't cut her hair since 1969, and of course, drives a purple bus!

This story is nothing but fun! I think it would be a great addition to storytime with any age group and adults will get a kick out of it as well. The colors are bright and engaging and the rhyming format is very enjoyable.
Letterbox Lil (a cautionary tale), by Jim Helmore and Karen Wall, is the perfect story for the little snoop around your house. Lil, a young girl with the perfect knack for snooping, spends her free time open her neighbors letterboxes and taking peeks, always seeing something just a little bit strange. She sees lots of interesting things, until one day, gets a little more than she bargained for. Will it cure her of her snooping ways for ever?

Lil is very cute and normal in her curiosity. The illustrations are done very well, one page includes a flip-up, and the large lettering makes it very easy for a read aloud. This is great for any age, allowing kids to enjoy the book, yet showing them that snooping doesn't always end well!
Finally, we have our last selection of the week. One Potato, Two Potato, by Cynthia DeFelice, was another of those "surprise" books that I had not heard of until I did an order for the shelves. Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady, a very old, and very poor couple love each other very much. They share their only chair together each night to eat the one potato they also have to share. When they eat the last potato in the garden, the O'Grady's are worried as to how they will find their next meal, but when digging in the yard come across a magic pot. Whatever is thrown into the magic pot doubles! Throw in one potato, out comes two potatoes! Throw in one hairpin, out pops another hairpin! The O'Grady's are overjoyed until one day, Mrs. O'Grady falls in the pot! What will they do with TWO Mrs. O'Grady's?!
This book is adorable and definitely a laugh out loud read. The illustrations, done by Andrea U'Ren, are just right for this book, done in muted colors to match the O'Grady's personalities. I really enjoyed this book and children will too. This may be for the older "young" child. I think it was great!

Well another picture book Saturday has passed. Look for more selections next week! Enjoy your weekend!


LiteracyTeacher said...

I'm delighted I found your blog's Picture Book Saturday Roundup. Very cool. I'll be checking back weekly!


Lesley said...

I have to tell you about two books I noticed when working at a library - I don't have any kids myself (yet) but I absolutely loved them:

The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy

The Library by Sarah Stewart

Are you familiar with either of them?

Debi said...

Oh hooray, hooray! Thank you, Amanda! I love these posts! Couple more to add to our summer reading list.