May 24, 2021 by Erika Thulin Dawes
“Animals play. And we play too: kimêtawânaw mîna.” This special similarity between humans and the world of animal species is the focus of Cree-Métis author and illustrator Julie Flett’s latest picturebook. Incorporating a patterned text and playful alliteration, Flett introduces the movements of several animal species and then, through illustration, draws parallels to human play.
March 29, 2021 by Mary Ann Cappiello
Ideal for explorations of agency, language, environment, and sports participation, The Floating Field reminds us that children and communities are their own best agents of change.
October 19, 2020 by Erika Thulin Dawes
When you see a frog, do you think ‘brilliant beautiful being’? If you don’t already, you will after reading Being Frog by acclaimed picturebook author and photographer April Pulley Sayre. Sayre’s stunning photographs depict the frogs she and her husband observe weekly in a local pond. Backyard scientists of all ages will find Being Frog a call to action - a call to watch, wonder, imagine and inquire.
December 2, 2019 by Erika Thulin Dawes
How do animals and plants survive weather extremes like cold, heat, and drought? The concept of dormancy and variations of this biological process, which include diapause, hibernation, torpor, brumation, and estivation, are the subject of an engaging work of expository nonfiction by Marcie Flinchum Atkins. Employing a patterned text, figurative language, and series of lively verbs, Flinchum compares and contrasts different forms of dormancy in mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and even in plants.
February 25, 2019 by Erika Thulin Dawes
The processes and machines used to build a skyscraper are the subject of Jorey Hurley’s latest picture book offering. Construction vehicles take center stage in the digitally rendered illustrations. Hurley’s bright colors and geometrical shapes detail fourteen different machines and their roles in building a glass encased skyscraper. This engaging title is sure to inspire young readers to want to know more about cities and their skylines.
March 9, 2015 by Mary Ann Cappiello
Last Stop on Market Street Written by Matt de la Pena Illustrated by Christina Robinson Published by G.P. Putnam’s and Sons, 2015 ISBN 978-0-399-25774-2 Grades PreK-8 Book Review “He wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look.” So ponders C.J., the protagonist of Last Stop on Market Street, as […]
January 3, 2011 by Mary Ann Cappiello
Book Review Rosen, M. (2010). Tiny little fly. Ill. by K. Waldron. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. ISBN: 978-0-7636-4681-3 All Ages Shifting perspectives, vibrant pencil and gouache illustrations, and a large book format, paired with rhythmic, rhyming, patterned language create a made-to-order picture book for preschool and primary grades. Readers will want to trace Tiny Little […]
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