Saturday, September 19, 2009

Picture Book Saturday

2 fun books for you this week folks! Hopefully you find something you and your kids can enjoy together!

The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney has been making its way around the blogosphere and so far all reviews I've read have been fabulous. And yep, I'm tending to agree with the masses.

"In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes."

If the cover alone doesn't pull you in, the lovely retelling of Aesop's fable is certainly will. I loved everything from the artwork to the flow of the story, and the brilliant way Pinkney manages to make an "old" fable, his own.

The Lion and the Mouse
Jerry Pinkney
40 pages
Picture Book
Little, Brown
September 2009

Now, I don't know about you, but I just loved Paddington Bear when I was a kid. The first play I ever saw was in third grade and our classes went to see a show completely centered around the famous books. I read every one I could get my hands on and loved them all.

A new picture book about the famous bear is making its way onto shelves. Written by Michael Bond and illustrated by R.W. Alley is a sweet story about Paddington at the beach and the chatter of the seagulls as he plays.

In part, this is a counting book, which adds an educational note to the story. The reader counts up from 1 to 10 as each seagull makes an observation about Paddington's activities on the beach. Very cute!

I loved that the illustrations took up a full page and a half, with the text in the remaining portion of space. It made for visual interest...and along with a cute Paddington story, we are given a nice read aloud. These newer books aren't quite as charming as the old ones, but they're fun enough for the littler kids.

Paddington at the Beach
Michael Bond
32 pages
Picture Book
June 2009

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