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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #19

14 May
The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, Catia Chien [***]

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, Catia Chien [***]


Alan Robinwitz feels like a broken boy because of his stutter. His only source of feeling whole is being around animals, especially jaguars. He makes a vow to be a voice for these creatures- and follows through in this inspiring true story.

 The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh, Illustrated by Barry Blitt [***]

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh, Illustrated by Barry Blitt [***]


Mark Twain became a hugely celebrated public figure for his incredible way with words, using them not only to make people laugh- which he did so successfully- but also to explore/expose certain faults of American society. His private life was full of one heartbreaking loss after another and a rollercoaster ride of triumphs and failures. I was just in awe of the way he lived his life and the talent- especially his wit- that I can only wish to fraction of. He was an amazing man and I think deserves all the praise he gets.

This picture book is a fun retelling of his life as told by one of his most famous characters- Huckleberry Finn. The writing style may be difficult for young readers not familiar with dialects. The illustrations are very dynamic.

If you want to know more about Mark Twain, watch the Ken Burns documentary about this celebrated writer. Told through photographs and Twain’s own words with insights from scholars and writers, it was an enjoyable way to learn about someone who I was only familiar with through having read a couple of his books- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn– as a schoolboy. I will definitely be reading more of his works.

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4 responses to “Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #19

  1. Linda Baie

    May 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Both seem like wonderful books, Earl. I’ve seen A Boy And His Jaguar talked about, intriguing to imagine the story. But the Twain book is intriguing to me. He is fascinating! I certainly will look for it. Thank you!

     
  2. Tara Smith

    May 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    That Mark Twain book looks irresistible, Earl – have to check it out!

     
  3. Myra GB

    May 16, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Wonderful! I have two more new books to add to my Pinterest board on picturebook biographies! Great!

     
  4. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)

    May 17, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Love learning about new biographical picture books–thank you. There are some really amazing ones out there 🙂

     

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