Saturday, June 28, 2008

Picture Book Saturday: New Favorites

I have some new favorites in the picture book world and figured Saturday is the perfect day to share them with you all. I’ve received each of these as either review copies or gifts in the past few months and have fallen in love with each other them. I’ve been reading them to my son and hope that as he grows, he comes to love them as much as I do!

Little Boy was a baby shower gift from my lovely sister-in-law and one story that is oh-so-true to life! Written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Peter Reynolds (the creators of the much loved Someday), Little Boy chronicles a father watching his son go through a typical day. So much depends on the little things in life that occupy the boy’s attention, such as a yellow cup, and starship pajamas, all going back to the simplest of all: a big, cardboard box. Parents will love the nostalgia aspect; kids will love the repetition of the big, cardboard box!

When I first started reading Everybody Bonjours! written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Sarah Mcmenemy, I wasn’t so sure I was going to like it. It seemed like the type of story that might…a bit irritating after being read out loud a couple of times. However, after I completed the book, I did have the little tune the words created in my head, but I loved it! While a young girl and her parents are visiting the major tourist destinations in Paris, she learns that everyone greets them with the French word for “hello.” The text rhymes and is extremely catchy, by the end of the book everyone will be shouting out “Everybody Bonjours!”

Willow, written by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennean and illustrated (beautifully) by Cyd Moore, is a charming story about releasing one’s inner creativity. Willow loves art class, even though it is taught by the most “un-creative” teacher. Always using her imagination, Willow takes her art assignments and runs with them, creating lovely pink trees and blue apples, much to the dismay of her teacher, who believes green trees and red apples are the correct way. With a little help from Willow, her teacher learns that being creative and using one’s imagination is not a bad thing, but instead, lots of fun! Filled with bright and vibrant illustrations, this one was an instant winner with me! Great for read alouds too.

My final selection this week is also a favorite and written by a favorite author-Eve Bunting. Emma’s Turtle is the adorable tale of a happy pet turtle living in her owner, Emma’s, backyard. The turtle decides to go on a bit of an adventure after learning of the faraway lands Emma is always reading about, ultimately digging a hole and crawling out of her pen. Within minutes of leaving, the turtle believes he has reached Africa, then Australia, and India. Children will be able to understand that the turtle has not even left the yard, but rather is experiencing simple, everyday items that he believes are more exotic than they really are. Your kids will feel as if they are in on a joke that the turtle has missed, leaving them laughing as he finally realizes his mistake. A truly adorable story from Eve Bunting and illustrator Marsha Winborn

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