Saturday, August 7, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

Just some random choices for you this week. All of these I've read over the past few days and enjoyed.

Miss Tutu's Star by Leslea Newman and illustrator Carey Armstrong-Ellis

Pink glittered cover anyone? If that doesn't draw your little girl in, the fun story about dancing and trying your hardest will.

With rhyming text, we meet Selena, a little girl that just loves to dance. She joins Miss Tutu's famous ballet school, however she quickly learns she has two left feet. Not good for a ballerina! But, with lots of practice and determination (and lots of giggles along the way), Selena does become the ballerina she has always dreamed of being.

The illustrations are fantastic, appearing as if they were colored with crayon and the illustrator includes a brief note at the end to explain how she made the pages look as they do. I also really enjoyed the fact that the kids in the class, along with Selena, were all rather average looking. No super beautiful, perfectly skinny ballerinas in this book!

Some of the rhymes were a bit weak, but for the most part, a totally fun and enjoyable read.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

Miss Tutu's Star
Leslea Newman
32 pages
Picture Book
August 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Time to Pray by Maha Addasi and illustrator Ned Gannon

A great book to learn about customs!

Yasmin goes to visit her grandmother in the Middle East and learns all about the Muslim tradition of praying fives times a day. She is taught about prayer rugs, prayer clothing, and the reason that it is important to pray five times (even when it's very early in the morning).

When Yasmin returns home to her family, she is able to teach them about the Muslim custom and share her new gifts.

Though not the most exciting of books to read aloud, it is very well-written on the topic chosen by the author. The message is educational, but the story reads just like any other grandmother/granddaughter story and the illustrations are complimentary to the text. And there is an Arabic translation on each page, which I think is just awesome! 

Overall rating: 3 out of 5
This one will be out in September. 

Time to Pray
Maha Addasi
32 pages
Picture Book
Boyds Mills Press
September 2010
Review copy received from publisher

One Blue Fish: A Colorful Counting Book by Charles Reasoner

This one borders on board book, but it's still really cute, so I wanted to include it in this post.

A pretty basic counting book, from 1-10 with lift-the-flaps to showcase that particular amount of animals underneath the number-shaped flap. We have 3 green frogs, 5 orange ladybugs, 10 yellow ducks, and so on. I was mainly impressed with the super-bright colors on each page and the blocky way of presenting both the text and the numbers.

The pages are going to stand out to toddlers AND infants, so if you have both in your house, this would be a great book to have on hand.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

One Blue Fish
Charles Reasoner
26 pages
Board Book/Picture Book
Little Simon
July 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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1 comment:

CoffeeShopBloggers said...

Oh, Time to Pray looks great for a Top 10 on world religion that I am working on. Thanks for the book intro. You always have such amazing picks!

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