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Celebrate This Week- October 30, 2015

30 Oct
Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

This week I’m celebrating picture books.

This past summer, I made a list of 10 picture books I wanted to read this Fall- and last week, I finished reading them all. I’m sharing my reviews of them. Hopefully, you’ll find some books you’d want to read!

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes


[****] One of my favorite recent picture books. What a great message of doing the best you can despite the overwhelming odds and being pleasantly surprised that there’s others out there doing their best as well.

The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


[****] Get ready to laugh out loud again with The Day the Crayons Came Home, the companion to Drew Daywalt’s and Oliver Jeffers’ bestselling picture book The Day the Crayons Quit. Postcards are being sent all over by a boy’s misplaced crayons telling him they are coming home. With callbacks, recurring gags, new characters, and a quirky original premise, this too will become another read-aloud favorite.

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder, Illustrated by Julie Morstad

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder, Illustrated by Julie Morstad


[****] This is a special book readers will want to add to their collections. The flowing text and the graceful art come together in a beautiful dance telling the story of Anna Pavlova, a young girl in Russia whose life is forever changed after her mother takes her to watch a ballet performance. There, she would find her calling. And realizing her dream, she would bring the beauty she found with many others until her unfortunate death.

Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate by Jacky Davis, Illustrated by David Soman

Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate by Jacky Davis, Illustrated by David Soman


[**] I didn’t like this as much as other installments in the series. Lulu wasn’t that likable in this one. And why couldn’t Bumblebee Boy be the friend? Hopefully I’m not outgrowing the series.

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Christian Robinson.

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Christian Robinson.


[***] A ghost is mistaken for an imaginary friend in this charming picture book by witty writer Mac Barnett and one of my current favorite illustrators Christian Robinson.

The Bear's Surprise by Benjamin Chaud

The Bear’s Surprise by Benjamin Chaud


[***] A delightful new addition in this series by a talented illustrator I enjoy. It’s spring time and Little Bear searches for his Papa in unlikely places only to find more than he was looking for. A pleasant surprise ending.

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


[****] This is a book that transcends age.Kids will love it because it’s fun and creative. Adults will love it for the same reasons and because it’s smart and the message is full of wisdom that is only acquired through years of living. Or maybe we know it as children and forget it for awhile and hopefully the lucky few of us remember that “just because a friendship is imaginary doesn’t mean it’s not real.” I can’t wait for everyone else to read this.

Zen Socks by Jon J. Muth

Zen Socks by Jon J. Muth


[***] Stillwater the Panda returns for another round of lessons- this time about patience, sharing and kindness despite overwhelming odds.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall


[****] I knew I was going to like this one. I love Winnie-the-Pooh and I enjoy hearing the story of the real Winnie. This was a cool format of a story within a story in which the great granddaughter of the soldier who rescued the bear tells her son of the friendships that would inspire the books that would be loved by millions. Beautiful illustrations to accompany a beautiful tale.

Little Tree by Loren Long

Little Tree by Loren Long


[***] Beautifully illustrated tale of letting go in order to grow.

My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is Elizabeth Gilbert’s thought-provoking insights about passion. Here’s the link to it: http://www.supersoul.tv/supersoul-sessions/what-a-soul-mate-truly-is-and-why-you-might-not-want-to-marry-him-2/

What are you celebrating this week?

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6 responses to “Celebrate This Week- October 30, 2015

  1. Annette Pimentel

    October 30, 2015 at 10:13 am

    A great list! I just read Swan yesterday. What a gorgeous book, both text and pictures!

     
  2. Linda Baie

    October 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Oh wow, another bear book. There are so many, & I seem to like them all. I just got The Little Gardener from the library although I haven’t read it yet. I did love Leo, too. Thanks, Earl, pic books are always wonderful to celebrate! Happy Halloween!

     
  3. csskubik

    October 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

    SO many books, so little time. I want to read Imaginary Fred. It makes me think of the chapter book Dory Fantasmagory, perfect for first, second and third graders who know the truth about imaginary friends.Thanks for the reviews!

     
  4. Crystal

    October 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I loved Swan so much. I also enjoyed Leo. I am excited to read many of these. Thanks for sharing them!

     
  5. Terje

    November 1, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Fantastic list!

     
  6. Ramona

    November 1, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Love seeing new lists. Several I know, I’m off to request Little Tree and Finding Winnie which keeps popping up everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

     

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