Saturday, November 7, 2009

Picture Book Saturday

Got quite the menagerie for you all today. Enjoy!
My favorite title read this week, definitely goes to Jane Yolen's reissue of The Seeing Stick. She illustrator Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini have created a magical reading experience, just begging to be placed in the hands of children. This is definitely on my Christmas giving list this year!

We have a beautiful blind princess yearning to see and an elderly man that promises her father, the Emperor, he can give her the gift of sight. No one believes the old man, but with the help of his Seeing Stick, young Hwei Min is able to see the world as she could never see it before.

The truly magical part about this enchanting book is the illustrations. Beginning dark and gray, they become brilliant with color and texture, itching to be touched. I tried finding some info on how Terrazzini created the amazing pages to go along with Yolen's beautiful fairy tale, but didn't have any luck.

Definitely check this one out! Buy it for young girls for Christmas or add it to your library shelves. It was originally published in 1977, but has just been reissued. I have not had a chance to see the original book, but this one is absolutely beautiful.

The Seeing Stick
Jane Yolen
34 pages
Picture Book
Running Press Kids
September 2009 (reissue from 1977 edition)
Review copy received from publisher

Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide is  yes, another princess book, but this time on the funnier side. The Seeing Stick was much more serious...this one will have your kiddos laughing!

Told in a very humorous tone, this story follows Princess Hyacinth as she learns how to deal with being the odd kid out. If not weighted down, the Princess will float off, making it very hard to play with any other children, especially the young boy who wants to be her friend. When she decides she is just going to float anyways, no matter the danger, the Princess and the boy end up hatching a plan so they can play together and Princess Hyacinth is safe.

A very silly story, best read aloud. The illustrations, done by Lane Smith, definitely add to the humor, as the expressions on the characters faces are hilarious! A very cute read aloud.

Princess Hyacinth
Florence Parry Heide
32 pages
Picture Book
Schwartz & Wade
September 2009
Review copy received from publisher

The Jungle Grapevine, written and illustrated by  Alex Beard is one of those "lesson" books that doesn't quite feel like a lesson book. Which means your kids won't resent you for trying to sneak teaching into a story :)

When bird thinks he hears turtle say something, he tells another animal, who then tells another animal in the jungle. Panic begins to erupt amongst the animals, as the story becomes bigger and bigger until one of the animals discovers it isn't true. But starts all over again!

Remind you of playing telephone? This is just how rumors get started and though the age group for this picture book is a bit young to be learning about the trouble of rumors, it's still a very cute book, a fun read aloud, and a nice one to discuss once you're finished. I liked the simple story line and the simple illustrations, making this a nice choice for even the youngest of listeners.

The Jungle Grapevine
Alex Beard
48 pages
Picture Book
Abrams Books for Young Readers
September 2009
Review copy received from publisher

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