Utterly unique picture book that shows how perseverance and believing in yourself can lead you to shine. The text is lyrical and the photographs are tUtterly unique picture book that shows how perseverance and believing in yourself can lead you to shine. The text is lyrical and the photographs are theatrical, so you feel like you are dropped into a circus play. A new classic for lovers of Canadian picture books....more
Funny look at how a bit of reverse psychology from a cheeky spud can make an imaginative girl realize just how awesome it is to be a kid. Debbie Ohi'sFunny look at how a bit of reverse psychology from a cheeky spud can make an imaginative girl realize just how awesome it is to be a kid. Debbie Ohi's illustrations are a standout, we need to see more from her....more
This is a great little book for introducing a variety of animals and their ecosystems. Every page has a variety of familiar and new animals for children to wonder over. There are many different areas and climates within, from oceans and deserts to forests and towns.
The author introduces a great deal of new vocabulary, from niche to phytoplankton, in easy-to-understand terms. All of the animals on the page are related to the new vocabulary words.
The illustrations are very unique in that they are pieced together to look like different quilts, so in addition to scientific information there is a soft introduction to various shapes as well as crafts. The pages are, like many quilts, quite busy, so this is more suited to sitting down and reading rather than reading aloud to a number of children.
The back of the book has a supplemental section with illustrations of famous environmentalists like Wangari Maathai and David Suzuki. Teachers and parents will especially like the game suggestion for role-playing the animal food chain....more
In 1994, a humpback whale was caught in the rope that was left behind by a fishing boat. It was so entangled that the whale researchers feared it coulIn 1994, a humpback whale was caught in the rope that was left behind by a fishing boat. It was so entangled that the whale researchers feared it could not move and needed to be rescued. Captain Jim of the Gikumi and Captain Mike of the Blue Fjord, whale watching boats that were nearby, came close to the whale to rescue her. Captain Mike jumped in the ocean without so much as a SCUBA tank to try to loosen the rope. Under the watchful eyes of some dolphins, Captain Mike is finally able to cut the rope loose.
It states that this picture book is for 9 and up but my kids had no problem understanding any of it. They liked that the names "Nanoose" and "Gikumi" sound like Japanese words despite no relation at all.
Mostly they were fascinated with the place where this all occurred (and the huge knife used to cut Nanoose free!). Telegraph Cove is a tiny place on the northern side of Vancouver Island, near Port Hardy. The population is only 20! Captain Jim runs Stubbs Island Whale Watching with his wife Mary, who co-authored this book. My children have ordered me to rent a cabin there on our next trip to Canada! It looks like it would be a great vacation.
This was a great book to see that humans have the power to not only mess up the oceans and hurt the animals in it, but also help them. I hope it reminds my children that we need to respect the ocean that is our neighbour....more
This book is a nominee for the 2012 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards.
Barbara Reid has a long history of Canadian picture book successes. Every Canadian picture book bestsellers list I have seen at Quill & Quire has included at least one of her books. Read Me a Book is a personal favourite.
The reason Barbara Reid is so loved is because her Plasticine illustrations are so unique and inviting. The textures her plasticine scenes provide add extra dimensions to every single one of her books and this one is no different.
A tree seems like a simple thing, and it's one of the first things kids learn to draw. But the trees Reid portrays are more than just a green and brown thing off by itself. She gives us so many different perspectives on trees. These trees are habitats, community members, shades, and mimics of humans.
This is the kind of book that is perfect for the new core curriculum standards. It introduces nature, seasons, a child's place in the world and their neighbourhoods, and new ideas about art. We all really enjoyed all the details....more
Stuck With The Blooz gives the grumps a face, and a personality. The Blooz is big and wet and wrinkly, and absolutely adorable for someone so unwelcome.
Our hero does everything possible to get rid of The Blooz. Food, care, attention, and even a bumpy bicycle ride. It turns out that fun is an essential ingredient to getting rid of The Blooz.
This story was a great hit at read-aloud time this weekend, and so much fun for me to actually read. How could you not love that they "made a song out of sighs"? This adorable monster gives an amazing visual for the emotions preschoolers experience so often without being able to verbalize it.
Levis' rhythmic text pairs beautifully with Davis' fetching characters, creating a character sure to delight young readers as much as other unwelcome visitors like The Cat in the Hat. The only problem with this book is that the wrinkly old monster is so adorable you're likely to want to invite The Blooz around to your house. ...more
This book hits the preschooler's favourite subjectes seasons and a healthy dose of nature. Slither, Slide, What's Outside? also has adorable children. What sets it apart though is that each two-page spread has a photography of nature on the left side, and an illustration of an activity for that season with a corresponding verse on the right. From wriggling like a worm to leaping like a frog, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for preschoolers to connect with nature. We've already tried making a star shape and checking the wind with pinwheels! I love books with activities, like The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea and this definitely fits into this category.
I also love kids with rosy cheeks in illustrations. These adorable kidlets have that, as well as having a retro 80s kind of look about them that I like. I'm not sure what that is from, the hair maybe? Whatever it is, it works.
What worked for my kids is the humour. They liked the fact that the bear might eat the dad and would like to act that out. I should have warned my husband before he got attacked by two little bears who bared their little teeth. Ooops. Well maybe that will teach him to skip storytime!
That's what this book does well, makes you feel like you are exploring a whole new world above, below, and around the sea.
This is written like nonfiction picture book, with emphasis on descriptive phrases and new vocabulary, like curling eddies, tide pool, and long craggy finger. Photos accompany the introduction of beach life, like sand dollars, Queen Anne's Lace, and abalone shells. Also, like my favourite nonfiction books, this has activities the reader can experience for himself, in this case sand mermaids (the summer equivalent of snow angels).
The pages are a mix of mermaid illustrations on photographs of beach scenes, ala Little Einsteins. Normally this is not my favourite style, but in this case it works to differentiate real from not real in the nonfiction style.
This is a fun book with adorable mermaids as your guide to the wonders of the beach! It makes me excited for the weekend so we can explore our own beaches, armed with the right vocab and a mission (finding Japanese mermaids!)....more
Franklin Rides a Bike features the friendly Franklin in a new adventure. This time all his friends have already taken their training wheels off, and FFranklin Rides a Bike features the friendly Franklin in a new adventure. This time all his friends have already taken their training wheels off, and Franklin wants to join them. He is, however, still Franklin, and as envious he is of his friends, he is too apprehensive to work on it and wants to be able to do it automatically without practice.
This is probably the Franklin book I like the most just for the sentiment. I like the message that you need to put effort in to get results, and that people all have different experiences and we shouldn't be envious of them. My son thought it was sweet that Franklin could ride off with his friends. I'm also happy that Franklin and his friends were all wearing helmets. My boy did wonder why a turtle who has a shell also needed a helmet though!...more
Originally published in France in 2010, it was published in English by Chronicle Books along with companion books Yumi, Amigos, and Kimono.
This picture book is aimed at young children but could easily do double duty as a coffee table book. The texture is fantastic. The cover features a pleather print kokeshi (wooden bridal gift doll) and that is just the start. My daughter loved the flaps to lift and adorable bentos. My son loved the fold-out Shinkansen (marked Kyoto on one side and Tokyo on the other!).
The design is modern and magnificent. If only Japan was really this beautiful!
This isn't just beautiful, it's educational! There are kanji characters woven in through the text and the background. It has a lot of geographic information as well, and even the famous Asahi Beer Building, normally known as the Golden Turd, makes an appearance during a taxi ride.
I have only one complaint, and that is that there is an oven in the kitchen of one of the kitchens, and that's not at all common! Of course there are crazy people like me who have regular-sized ovens so I guess it gets a pass. ...more