Category Archives: Picture Book Parade

Picture Book Parade: Somewhere out there (really out there)

Today’s round of picture books comes from the land of out there… a land of whimsy and silliness, where bears look to “find themselves” in enchanted forests; where goons in tombs fish in black lagoons; where gnomes compete for the best beard style; babies … Continue reading

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Folk and fairytale addendum

Two local libraries had displays of picture books retelling folk and fairytales, so of course I had to get on that! Baba Wagué Diakité.  The Magic Gourd.  New York: Scholastic, 2003. In a time of drought and famine, Brother Rabbit keeps … Continue reading

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Picture Book Parade, the Third

Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein.  Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box.  Illus. James E. Ransome.  Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2015. It’s interesting how timely this story still is, with voting rights being discussed in Congress and in the … Continue reading

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Picture Book Mini-Parade: anthropomorphic edition

Going with today’s theme, I’m mostly imitating each book’s own voice/style for my commentary.  And sometimes I’ll just let them speak for themselves.   Marilyn Nelson.  Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World.  … Continue reading

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Picture Book Parade (addendum)

Ehud Ben-Ezer.  Hosni the Dreamer.  Illus. Uri Shulevitz.  New York:  Farrar Straus Giroux, 1997. Hosni is teased by the other shepherds for being a daydreamer.  One day, his dream of travelling to a big city comes true – Hosni is … Continue reading

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Picture Book Parade

* EXPLORING OUR WORLD * Donna Jo Napoli.  The Crossing.  Illus. Jim Madsen.  New York: Atheneum, 2011. Napoli retells the story of Lewis and Clark from the viewpoint of Sacajawea’s son, who was a baby at the time.  Gorgeous mellow-toned … Continue reading

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