Saturday, October 16, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

Rain School by James Rumford

The story of children in Chad and how they must first build their school before they can learn. Using mud bricks, the children and their teacher build the small school, as well as the desks the students sit at and then spend the next several months learning all sorts of exciting subjects and facts. The school year is over when the rainy season comes to Chad, as the school literally falls apart due to rain. Before next year, the children and teachers will build it up again, readying themselves for a new school season. 

I loved this book for so many reasons! The story is simple, with just a few sentences on each page, yet the impact is great. Children in this country are often not excited about learning and going to school daily, but after reading this story, they may just realize that children around the world aren't lucky enough to have a permanent school building to go to all year round and they are dedicated to creating a learning place. 

The illustrations are bright and bold, fabulous to look at. A fantastic choice for classrooms and libraries.

Rain School
James Rumford
32 pages
Picture Book
Houghton Mifflin
October 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Shadow by Suzy Lee

I'm have to admit, I'm not one of those people that love wordless picture books. They're really hard to convince a lot of parents to pick up and read/buy, though the ones that get them, love them. Shadow is the latest by the author of Wave, which got rave reviews last year...and I think I like it even better. This one does have one sentence in it, so it's not completely wordless, but close enough!

A little girl, possibly the same one from Wave, has a great time with shadows cast from a light in an attic/storage room. She plays with all the shadows until dinner is ready, finding a forest of animals and turning herself into a ballerina. She entertains herself completely with the shadows, which is quite obviously a big change from out techno-savvy kids today.

Done completely in black, white, and yellow colors, the book is pretty fabulous to look at and even more fun to page through. Even if you aren't quite convinced about wordless picture books, try this one out and see if your children have fun with it. It just may inspire their own active imaginations to turn into overdrive!

Suzy Lee
44 pages
Picture Book
September 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Mad at Mommy by Komako Sakai

I loved Snow Day. Absolutely loved it! This one follows the same little rabbit with a huge personality, as he decides he is VERY mad at his mommy. She never lets him watch his shows, instead choosing her own shows, she always yells for no reason, she never remembers to wash his clothes, and most of all she says she won't be able to marry him, even when he gets bigger. SO unfair!

His mommy, of course, loves him no matter how mad at her he is and the story ends with the two snuggling down under the covers, anger gone. A very sweet story, with bits of silliness. Great illustrations and a good toddler-vibe. I'm loving Sakai's work and can't wait to get another book!

Mad at Mommy
Komako Sakai
40 pages
Picture Book
Arthur A. Levine
October 2010
Review copy received from publisher


Peaceful Reader said...

All three of these pictures books look great. I just added them to my order for school. Thanks for the reviews.

Amanda said...

I'm so glad you're wanting to order the books! That's the biggest compliment I could get :)