Voices in the Park is one of the most interesting picture books I have read in a while. The story is told by 4 different characters and shows 4 diff...more Voices in the Park is one of the most interesting picture books I have read in a while. The story is told by 4 different characters and shows 4 different versions of the same story. The characters in this story are Charles' mother (First voice), Smudges father (Second Voice), Charles (Third Voice), and Smudge (Fourth Voice) but also include two dogs, Victoria and Albert.
The images as well as the text drive this story and make the reader really pay attention to the story. The cover of the book shows two kids standing in the middle of the frame staring at each other under the cover of trees and two dogs are in the middle of the frame but off the the right hand side also staring at each other. You don't know who these children are or how they know each other, but you can tell that they are friends. The title page only has the title and a read hat. The letters in the word Voices (on both the cover and title page) are formed by different fonts which we find out when we read the book are the different fonts given to each of the characters.
Although the story is the same or each voice, there is a different point of view given. The adults are concerned in the story about each other and the very blatant difference between their two worlds. First voice is more concerned about everything else and about the "frightful types" in the park while Second voice doesn't really notice the woman, but is trying to better his situation. The adults seem to be less aware of their children and more aware about themselves. The children on the other hand enjoy being with each other and do not realize that they are different at all. The only things that the children notice are that one is a girl and one doesn't talk a lot and seems like a wimp. They can enjoy each others company and are able to look past what makes them different.
I found that the images in this book are more interesting that the story. For every voice the images are different and give a glimpse into the way that they see the world. In the fourth opening on the book on the full bleed image, we see Charles (barely) and his mother leaving the park. In the background there is a tree on fire. This is the only illustration that shows such an image, so I researched and found and answer from and interview with Anthony Browne. He said that the tree is burring because Charles' mother is so angry at Charles and Victoria the dog for playing with Smudge and Albert that she is "burning with anger".
The illustrations that I found the most interesting were from the point of view of the children. Charles' illustrations begin very dull and in different flat colors. He is often shown in his mother's shadow and doesn't smile for his first two or three pages. Once he meets and begins to play with Smudge his world brightens and he is happier. Once it is his time to leave his world once again become dull and gray. Although he is "rich" he is unhappy and doesn't see any joy in the world around him. Smudge however in one of the only voices who's world is bright and happy during her whole telling of the point of view. She sees the world in bright and vibrant colors. You can tell by her illustrations that she is the happiest character in the entire book.
Visually this book is amazing and I really enjoyed reading it. I feel that it shows that no matter where you come from you choose to be happy and see the world in a way that you choose to see it.(less)
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson is an absolutely stunning book. It tells the story of many generations of African-American woman from slavery to free...more Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson is an absolutely stunning book. It tells the story of many generations of African-American woman from slavery to freedom to the civil right movement to present day. It begins with Soonie's great grandmother being taken away from her family when she is 7 to go to another planation. All she is given is a piece of muslin and some thread. She learns to sew from Big Mama who teahes her to quilt show ways. A show way is a quilt that helps slaves find their way to freedom. The book continues with each generation making these Show Ways even though many of them grow up in a time where slavery is not longer an issue. The book ends with the author telling her daughter the story and teaching her how to make a show way.
I found this book to be both moving an beautiful. Hudson Talbott uses a combination of chalk, muslin, and watercolors to create the beautiful images that are in this book. They flow so wonderfully with the words of the story that you almost have to pay just as much attention to the pictures as you do the words. For example, on the 9th opening of the book, Woodson talks about how Mathis May's husband gets shoot and killed for trying to run to freedom. The picture show the eat coast of the United states with a big red slash through it. In the red slash you see a man with a gun and two dogs chasing a man. The man that they are chasing looks like he just got shot.
The cut out cover was also very striking. You can see quilted images all around a diamond shape cut out but the cut out is in a bright and vibrant with a little African-American girl holding a candle in an orange background. The contrast of the vibrant on dark is very striking and really pulls you in.
Overall I enjoyed this book a great deal. The only problem that I found with it was that it was very long and took a very long time to read. Other than that, I found that it was a very moving and interesting book.(less)
Knuffle Bunny is one of my favorite picture books, and I absolutely love Mo Willems!
Now that I got that put of the way, Knuffle Bunnyreal good story...moreKnuffle Bunny is one of my favorite picture books, and I absolutely love Mo Willems!
Now that I got that put of the way, Knuffle Bunnyreal good story with wonerdul pictures. When I read it to my kindergarteners last year they loved the pictures and it was our "gate way book" into the world of Mo Willems. The story isn't very complex, but the illustrations are super interesting. I really enjoy books that are visually interesting, and this book, as well as the sequels, are great. The real world images along with the drawn figures give the book an interesting and fun vibe. I would suggest that anyone with little children or anyone who teaches kindergarten, first, or second grade needs to read this book. Your kids will love it!(less)
Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky is an absolutely beautifully illustrated book! The details of the illustrations are wonderfully done and really pull yo...more Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky is an absolutely beautifully illustrated book! The details of the illustrations are wonderfully done and really pull you into the story. Zelinsky painted all of the images in this telling of Rapunzel with oil paints and they look almost real. You can feel all of the emotions of the characters that it really makes you like you are in the story. His Italian Renaissance take on the paintings really make this story unique.
This is a take on the original "Rapunzel" story from Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm but when I read the not about "Rapunzel" in the back of the book I found out that the Grimm Brothers adapted their story from French fairy tale that was written 20 yeas before they go to it. This was a piece of information thatI had never heard before and I was surprised to hear about it. I had only ever heard the "happy" version of t his story where the handsome Prince comes and saves Rapunzel instead of marrying her and has the prince falling from the tower. I had no idea that Rapunzel and the Prince marry while she is in the tower and that her tears heal the prince when he is hurt. I had honestly though that the Disney movie "Tangled" had made that part of their movie up in order to save the lead male character. Reading this book made me realize that the people at Disney had taken many of their story elements from the original Grimm story.
I enjoyed reading this traditional story a lot as I have always enjoyed the slightly dark and sad Grimm Fairy Tales. They never really have a happy story line, although some do end in a happy ending, and for some reason this has always appealed to me more than the Disney versions of the same fairy tales. I think that this story is light and interesting while still portraying the sadness of the story. I would suggest this movie to anyone who really enjoys the classic fairy tale stories.(less)
This book is demented and totally weird... But I absolutely love it! I teach Fairy Tales and Stories every year, and every year I read these stories t...moreThis book is demented and totally weird... But I absolutely love it! I teach Fairy Tales and Stories every year, and every year I read these stories to my kids. Not all are appropriate for a classroom, especially for kindergarten, but some are downright hilarious. I personally love "The Stinky Cheese Man". It is a wonderful play on the gingerbread man, and the students love the funny pictures and how different it truly is from the original story. I recommend that anyone who enjoys Fairy Tales read this book at some point in their lives.(less)
I absolutely LOVE The Crayon Box that Talked ! This book has a beautiful and complex message told i...more"We are a box of crayons that doesn't get along."
I absolutely LOVE The Crayon Box that Talked ! This book has a beautiful and complex message told in a very simple way. The poem starts with a little girl going into a toy store and finding a crayon box where none of the colors get along. The little girls buys the box of crayons and takes them to her house where she begins to draw a picture. The colors begin to see that even though they are all special in their own ways that when they come together they make something beautiful. The last line of the poem is one of my favorite parts of th whole poem. "We are a box of crayons, each one of us unique. But when we come together... the picture is complete."
I love to read this book to my students when were are having issues with making fun of others and being mean to each other. I like to explain to the students that in our classroom when are the box of crayons. When we make fun of eah other and are mean to each other we are the crayon box that doesn't get along. I tell them that we want to be like t he crayon box at the end of the poem and get along with each other even though we are all different. After reading this book by students are often nicer and more understanding of each other.
The drawings and bright colors of the book really draw the kids in and they enjoy the story a lot. I feel that the child like picture make the message easier to understand for them. I recommend this story to anyone who has young children who are having a hard time getting along and anyone who teaches grades Kindergarten to 2nd grade.(less)
This picture book was a very interesting twist on a a classic princess fairy tale. Cinderella is a classic, but I think that I like Cinder Edna much...moreThis picture book was a very interesting twist on a a classic princess fairy tale. Cinderella is a classic, but I think that I like Cinder Edna much better. In this story, Cinderella and Cinder Edna are next door neighbors who have a very similar home life. Both girls have evil stepsisters and stepmothers who treat them terribly, but that is when the silimarities stop. Cinderella excepts her life, and mopes in the cinders of her house while Cinder Edna tries to find ways to make herself feel better. On the night of the royal ball both girls want to go, but while Cinderella has her fairy godmother do everything for her, Cinder Ednagets herself ready and to the ball all on her own. The girls both meet a prince, and while Cinderella meets the handsome Prince Randolph, Cinder Edna meets Prince Rupert who is almost exactly like her. The fall in love instantly but are t orn apart in a similar fashion as the original story.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I had never thought about Conderella being incapable of doing anything for herself until I had read this story. I found that after I had read the story, I liked Cinder Edna better than I liked Cinderella. She was much more independent and wanted to do things on her own, which is what I was like when I was young. I think that if I would have read this story when I was younger I would have loved it.
The illustrations in the book are very colorful and vivid. The details that are in the images are so great and they really get you into the story. My favorite parts of the book are when the illustration is on one side of the page opening and the words are on the other side. The words are bordered in various images that have to do with the full bleed images on he other side. For example, on the third opening of the book, Cinder Edna is helping her stepmother and stepsisters get ready for the ball on one page and on the other the words are bordered by things that women use to get ready like combs, mascara, lipstick, etc.
Overall, I feel that this story would be great to read to girls who like princess stories. It gives a fresh spin on the Cinderella story that I feel many girls nowadays could relate to. I really enjoyed this book and I know that I will read it to my students in class and I think that they will enjoy it as well.(less)