Saturday, January 15, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

It's Saturday and that means a new round of picture books for you all. Hopefully you'll find something you like!

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na

Na is becoming one of my favorite creators of children's books, for the amazing illustrations he creates. In this latest book, readers learn about what different animals do during the winter, including a beautiful rabbit. As winter comes, some animals fly away, some hibernate, and swim to warmer waters, and the rabbit observes them all. 

The illustrations are so fabulous, that I think I even like this one a bit better than A Book of Sleep (which is now available as a board book by the way). The pictures appear to have had a layering process done with them and the effect is amazing. You could also use this in your classroom as a resource in teaching about winter. I highly recommend checking it out!

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons
Il Sung Na
24 pages
Picture Book
January 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale by Karen Henry Clark and illustrator Patrice Barton

Another beautifully illustrated book! Featuring a Chinese girl with her loving parents that simply cannot give her the life they feel she deserves, she's set off on a journey to a new land, being taken care of by various animals along the way. Her adoptive parents are anxiously awaiting her arrival all the way on the other side of the world and when she does finally make it there, the family is complete.

For those looking for more stories about international adoption, this would be a really nice choice. Showcasing the love of biological AND adoptive parents, as well as the sweet baby being in caring hands her entire journey. 

Just a note to authors out there, planning to write about international adoption...I know readers would love to see some other countries being represented. Write a book about Russian adoption, Haitian adoption, Guatemalan adoption. Lots of kids out there have come from countries other than China and would probably love to read a book about someone like them. 

Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale
Karen Henry Clark
32 pages
Picture Book
November 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

Big Bug, Little Bug: A Book of Opposites by Paul Stickland

This one is for your younger kids, filled with lots of opposites! Using bugs as his muse, author Paul Stickland shows the reader big vs. little, one vs. many, underground vs. aboveground, and a whole bunch of other opposite groups. The colors are bright and bold and there's a HUGE pop-up on the last page. And, of course, pop-ups rock!

This one would be great for preschoolers just getting into learning about opposites and what they mean. It's a lot of fun to look at (and did I mention it has a pop-up??).

Big Bug, Little Bug
Paul Stickland
20 pages
Picture Book
Review copy provided by publisher
January 2011


Kelly J. said...

I love Na's books so hard. The illustrations are some of the most beautiful and yet still accessible. I've done The Book of Sleep for storytime and the kids are in love with the art, too.

Can't wait to read Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit.

Shelly B said...

Ah, Sweet Moon Baby is in my review stack. The others look like good ones!

Never That Easy said...

Pop-ups are a big hit around here, and Na's books are beautiful.

PaulStickland said...

Hello Amanda,
Thanks so much for the great review of Big Bug Little Bug. That was fun to do, especially the pop! Really glad you liked it. You can see more at or
Best wishes, Paul