Saturday, May 24, 2008

Picture Book Saturday

2 picture book offerings for you today. Enjoy!

Hogwash by author/illustrator Arthur Geisert is a lovely picture book without words. The basic premise is that the piglets on the farm are all dirty, much to their mother’s dismay, and are in need of a scrub down. By using intricate machinery, the mother pigs are able to clean all of the piglets at one time, rather than running baths for each one. The machines are huge and complicated, very cool for those budding farmers or engineers. The illustrations are beautiful and easily convey the plot, even without the typical text we are all so used to.

Books without words are definitely a challenge for me, working in the field that I do. The books are great for one on one time, as a child and parent can look at the pages together and through the illustrations, decide what is happening within the story. I don’t usually find these books all that great for story times though, for the simple reason that 30 children have 30 different ideas on what they think the story line is about and having them all shout it out at once just never ends well. Miss Amanda has a headache and is ready to scream by the end of the session! Hogwash by author/illustrator Arthur Geisert is one of those books. Great for one on one time, but I would skip it for library stuff.

Turtle Girl, written by Carol Crowe and illustrated by Jim Postier, is probably more suited towards older children, as it does have death in its theme. Though subtle, the idea is there and it may end up evoking questions from younger children you just aren't ready to answer.

Magdalena and her grandmother spend hours at the beach, waiting for the arrival of the famous sea turtles, coming ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Her grandmother promises that no matter where she is, she will always be with Magdalena at turtle time. When her grandmother passes away, Magdalena refuses to have any interest in the sea turtles or the hatching of the eggs, as she has for so many years. Her grandmother has left her and she is incredibly angry and frustrated at being left behind. Finally, her mother is able to convince her to go witness the hatching of the baby turtles and while there, Magdalena is able to realize that her grandmother is indeed with her all the time, especially at turtle time.

Beautiful illustrations accompany an equally beautiful story, again, probably best suited towards the older crowd. A great addition to home and library shelves.

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