Saturday, December 11, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

It's been a couple of weeks since my last Picture Book Saturday and it's time for some winter books! I have one Christmas, one "winter," and one pop-up for you this week. A good mix I think!

Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennan Nelson and illustrator Cyd Moore

I loved the first book this author/illustrator team created featuring Willow and this one is just as cute. Willow has moved to a new neighborhood and all throughout the year has enlisted the help of her new neighbors to do good deeds. She grows a community vegetable garden, collecting seeds from all the neighbors, and she collects winter clothing for the needy, asking for donations.

When Willow actually wants something for herself (a snow day of course), she again enlists the help of her neighbors in making that a possibility, with some silly and sweet results. Beautiful illustrations too!

A nice story to share with your kids. It just may inspire them to want to help others...always a positive reaction!

Willow and the Snow Day Dance
Denise Brennan-Nelson
32 pages
Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
November 2010
Review copy received from publisher

La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story by Antonia Sacre and illustrator Angela Dominguez

If you're looking for a multicultural Christmas story, this is a pretty nice one. Nina and the rest of her Cuban-American family spend the days leading up to Christmas preparing different foods, picking mangoes, and attending a midnight Rooster's Mass. At first, Nina is disappointed to be spending the holiday in warm Miami, instead of snowy New England, but as she gets into the new traditions with the Cuban side of her family, she really begins to enjoy herself.

Spanish words are intermixed with the English, offering a bit of a language lesson as well. I did feel the amount of text was quite extensive for the age group this was aimed at, but the beautiful illustrations will hold the attention of the younger kids while the story is being read.

A very nice addition to the multicultural books about the Christmas holiday!

La Noche Buena
Antonio Sacre
32 pages
Picture Book
November 2010
Review copy received from publisher

10 Little Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and illustrator Joelle Jolivet

I LOVE pop-up books (something you would notice as soon as you browsed my bookshelves) and this one is so much fun! Counting down from 10 penguins, all the way to 1, in a cute rhyme and interactive elements mixed in with the pop-ups.

I've already given two of these as gifts to kids and they were pretty enchanted by the bright colors and the pull tabs. They'll be learning about counting backwards and some neat things about penguins while destroying the beautiful done pop-ups! ;)

This would make a great wintry holiday gift for a child or an adult that loves these types of books (like me!!).

10 Penguins
Jean-Luc Fromental
24 pages
November 2010
Review copy provided by publisher


Lynne Watts said...

I love children's books and as a school counselor, I am always looking for a story with a message! Willow and The Snow Dance sounds perfect for the generosity theme of the Christmas season.
Lynne Watts

jhindley said...

10 Little Penquins is a favorite at the house, and I have made sure that it hasn't been destroyed!