Saturday, June 18, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

Two incredibly visually stimulating books for you all this weekend. Enjoy!

If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk is brilliant in its concept. So brilliant that I wish I had thought of it! 

Taking completely unaltered rocks the author personally found, we are given a simple, yet totally cool alphabet book. The rocks are each in the shape of a letter of the alphabet, as is whatever the letter is standing for. We have "b is for bear," "q is for question mark," "i is for igloo," and my favorite "g is for ghosts." 

At the end, readers are given a neat explanation of how McGuirk came about the idea of this book and how the collection even came to be. I was so glad to see these tidbits included, because I was definitely wondering as I flipped through the pages. 

This one is great for kids AND parents. Visually stimulating and a lot of it just may spawn some ideas for kids starting their own cool collection. 

If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet
Leslie McGuirk
48 pages
Picture Book
Tricycle Press
May 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

To Market, to Market by Nikki McClure (also the illustrator of the beautiful All in a Day) has created a beautiful and educational story with a nice story included as well. 

Focusing on the wonders of a farmers market, the pages switch between a story about a family going to visit the market and facts about how different fruits and vegetables end up at the market. We learn about kale, apples, honey, cheese, and even napkins!

The text is paired with beautiful illustrations that are totally unique to this illustrator. I've never seen anything like them before and I've loved staring at all the books McClure has been a part of!

This one would make a really nice book for those wanting to introduce their kids to how great farmers markets are and how we really should be thanking the farmers for providing us with such wonderful produce and other products. 

To Market, to Market
Nikki McClure
40 pages
Picture Book
April 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

1 comment:

Jes said...

If Rocks Could Sing sounds really neat! I was very excited to see a Picture Book Saturday post :)