Saturday, August 13, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

Lots of new picture books have been showing up in my mailbox lately and you know I love to share! Hopefully you'll find something to enjoy with your family. 

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn and illustrator Julia Denos

A little girl with a favorite dress discovers what can be made of clothes when we outgrow them. No need to get rid of her favorite dress, she can make it into a t-shirt! And then a tank top, a skirt, etc. If you have a budding fashionista in your house, this is definitely a book to check out! 

The illustration are unique, with the artist using a collage-type medium with pencils, paints, and 3D elements and a fun to just look at...I discovered new things the closer I looked. I loved the creativity aspect and the idea of encouraging kids to reuse things they love and make memories out of them, rather than always buying new.

I Had a Favorite Dress
Boni Ashburn
32 pages
Picture Book
Abrams
9781419700163
August 2011
Review copy provided by publisher


Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti and illustrator Holly Meade

Such a lovely, lovely lullaby! Naamah is Noah's wife and her name means "great singer" as shown on these beautifully illustrated pages. All through the night she sings to the animals, to her sons and their wives, songs of prayer and songs of love.

An incredibly simple, yet powerful book, this make such a nice bedtime reading. The illustrations are amazing,   showing off the strong implications of the text and the magnificence of the night. It's a soothing book and a unique. Rarely do we see mention of Noah's wife, even in the Bible, so for Bartoletti to imagine her in such a strong and beautiful way was inspirational.

This one would make a great gift for a new baby, for a baptism, or just for yourself, if you're like me!

Naamah and the Ark at Night
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
32 pages
Picture Book
Candlewick Press
9780763642426
August 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

My Bear Griz by Suzanne McGinness

Another simple story with a big impact. Billy loves bears, but he really, really loves his best friend Griz. Griz is a bear that goes everywhere with Billy. He goes exploring with him, takes naps with him, and tells funny jokes. Griz is also Billy's teddy bear, but shhhhh.....don't tell Griz that!

A really sweet look at the power of imagination, this one would be great for toddlers that are learning about friendship. It may even convince them that playing alone can be just as fun as playing with mom and dad!

Would also make a nice storytime read for your younger crowd.

My Bear Griz
Suzanne McGinness
32 pages
Picture Book
Frances Lincoln 
9781847801135
August 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

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