This whimsical story is so terrific and so relatable. It’s very funny too, and many kids will react with glee. Flora thinks shePure joy! So much fun!
This whimsical story is so terrific and so relatable. It’s very funny too, and many kids will react with glee. Flora thinks she wants to get rid of her little brother Crispin. But, when they go out together and many chances to lose him arise, she discovers her true feelings. Older siblings, in particular, are likely to enjoy this story. All kids will like the repetition; two lines frequently repeat: “He’s my brother and I’m taking him home.” and “If the wind lets you.”
The illustrations are marvelous. All the illustrations that show the wind at work are terrific, and I especially enjoyed the shred of rainbow that needs to be brushed off Crispin’s coat. I am a huge fan of all the pictures.
A special book about sibling love, imagination in play, but now I’m hungry for chocolate chip cookies....more
I’ve read at least three other books by the author-illustrator and immediately recognized her art style, which I do enjoy. Big eyed people, and in thiI’ve read at least three other books by the author-illustrator and immediately recognized her art style, which I do enjoy. Big eyed people, and in this one big eyed hawks too. I’ve never seen predator birds look so darn cute. They look friendly and adorable and harmless and gentle in this book. Which is fine, except if kids decide to go looking for the real hawks in and near New York City’s Central Park, they’re going to be in for a shock if they see them.
This is a terrific story with pictures for young children though. It does give information about these birds and is sufficiently entertaining for adults. I got a laugh out of how the hawks, when they were building their nest, were able to make good use of the large spikes put on the apartment building to ward off pigeons. This is also a brief but lovely introduction to New York City as, in addition to Central Park, it shows a few well-known places in the city.
So, it’s a very charming and sweet story, and then there are extras in the back of the book. There is one page about the history of Central Park (and I was amazed at how its construction had so many similarities to that of Golden Gate Park), a full page enticing bibliography that includes books about Central Park and books about the hawks, and then a two page author’s note about the Pale Male story, the hawkaholics, and what happened when the nest was threatened by human beings. Spine tingling stuff! And, my love of Mary Tyler Moore deepened....more
I was touched by this book’s story. It’s a historical fiction story the author got inspired to write when she saw the documentary Anonymous Was a WomaI was touched by this book’s story. It’s a historical fiction story the author got inspired to write when she saw the documentary Anonymous Was a Woman. (I’ve added the book it was based on to my shelves.)
Abiah Rose has siblings and they all have special talents. She is a good artist and enjoys painting and drawing. She is encouraged and praised for her artistic work, to a point. She is discouraged from signing her paintings because art isn’t an acceptable occupation for women. How she gets around this restriction and how she doesn’t give up on her dreams is inspiring and moving.
The illustrations are wonderful. Abiah Rose painting and her paintings, the dogs and cats, the landscapes and people; I liked them all. They’re in a style I find very pleasant and interesting.
I remember being told (at age 2 or 3) that I couldn’t do a particular job when I grew up because I was a girl, and while I hope children today aren’t subjected to this kind of nonsense, and this story might not resonate in the same way with them as it does me, I do think that historical fiction books such as this are a wonderful addition to the children’s picture books genre.
And it’s fun to search for Abiah’s roses! There’s a little (not very challenging but fun for the youngsters) searching game involved.
There is an author’s note and a for further reading note at the end of the book, and I’m glad they’re there. This is a really lovely book. 4 ½ stars...more
I recently read The Wolves Are Back (by this same author and illustrator team) and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to read this book too. I love wolI recently read The Wolves Are Back (by this same author and illustrator team) and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to read this book too. I love wolves but I am interested in buffalo. My local park has a buffalo paddock and some tame buffalo, and I’m always amazed at how much time they spend lounging around; in the movies I always saw them stampeding, but that was always in response to being hunted and trying to stay alive was why they always seemed to be running, although this book indicates one reason they were popular hunting targets was their large size and the fact that they often stood still.
I loved this book. It’s different from the wolves book, and perhaps aimed at slightly older children. Perhaps; I am not certain.
This is a wonderful history book about the buffalo and their fall and rise, both caused by humans. I have mixed feelings about the ways the buffalo are being saved but the book’s account is stellar. The name Indians is used for Native Americans, which I thought I’d mention in case that might bother some readers. But, it shows how the Native Americans knew the land and how the buffalo helped keep the ecosystem in balance, and it shows how in a relatively short period of time, European settlers destroyed the livelihood of Native Americans, brought the buffalo close to extinction, and ruined the human usefulness of the prairie because of their actions. It also tells how Theodore Roosevelt and W.T. Hornaday, a naturalist, and a Crow Indian too, helped start the movement to bring the buffalo back, and how some people have continued to do things to continue with their comeback.
Baby buffalos, if depicted accurately in this book, sure are cute. Beautiful artwork.
In the back of the book, there is a list of four places you can visit where the buffalo roam. I am tempted....more
I saw a Gee’s Bend quilt exhibit at my local museum a few years ago and read an accompanying book: The Quilts of Gee's Bend: Masterpieces from a LostI saw a Gee’s Bend quilt exhibit at my local museum a few years ago and read an accompanying book: The Quilts of Gee's Bend: Masterpieces from a Lost Place,which I now just noticed I’d never marked as owned or read; that’s been rectified. I can’t remember the names of the couple artists whose quilts I most liked, but I loved the exhibit and the art book, and that’s why I wanted to read this picture book for children.
I was completely blown away by this book! I’m so glad I’ve seen so many of the Gee’s Bend’s quilts in person, and had read the stories of some of their creators, but even if I’d never seen any or known about these artists, the story is this book is told so beautifully and the illustrations are so wonderful; I’m sure I’d have loved it almost as much as I do.
How quilt pieces tell a story (I love the one the little girl in this book makes!), the history of the citizens who created the Gee’s Bend quilts, and some general related history, stellar introduction and author’s note at the end. I love quilts even more than I did before. I’d be interested in participating in some sort of quilting circle but I don’t have old fabrics that have sentimental meaning and I suspect I’m too much of a klutz. But, reading about the Gee’s Bend women and girls is heartwarming and fascinating. The poems and their titles are wonderful. This sort of poetry, with its rhythm and cadence doesn’t always do it for me, but here it worked wonderfully. This is a very worthy book with which to introduce children to this tradition. Loved it!...more
I’m blown away by the man, even with the many gaps in what is known about him, and this book is a fine tribute to him; I think the book does Dave justI’m blown away by the man, even with the many gaps in what is known about him, and this book is a fine tribute to him; I think the book does Dave justice, and so I am pleased.
Powerful true story, and I think I liked all the background information ever better than the story proper. I enjoyed the story, but the writing style might not have appealed to me when I was a child; I’m not certain.
The illustrations are absolutely riveting. I love how what’s going on in the background is shown. I love the fold out page of Dave’s hands in the process of making a pot. The illustrations are as powerful as Dave’s story. The pictures are done in watercolor and collage and those are often my favorite art mediums.
I really appreciate all the additional inclusions, especially the photograph of some of the pots known to have been made by Dave. Some of the poetry Dave wrote on his pots is included too. There are short but superb author’s and illustrator’s notes, and a short bibliography, and a list of websites I’m eager to explore. I am now very interested in Dave. I’m also interested in reading other books by this illustrator, and this author. The illustrator, according to the bio on the inside back cover of the book, directs mural programs throughout NYC for any child who wants to paint. I’m a bit in love.
I am ambivalent about giving it 5 stars because there was something about the writing style I thought might be difficult for some to enjoy, but I did love the book, so 5 stars it is....more
Ha! My adult mind had me befuddled. I was expecting a different ending, and perhaps I’d have preferred a different ending. Yet, this book is practicalHa! My adult mind had me befuddled. I was expecting a different ending, and perhaps I’d have preferred a different ending. Yet, this book is practically perfect in every way.
A young boy finds a salamander in the wild and wants to keep him. He has answers to every question posed to him by his mother about how he will create the perfect environment for the salamander, and for himself too. The story does a good job of showing the interconnectedness of various animal and plant life in an ecosystem. This story is whimsical and funny and sweet. The boy’s imagination and caring is wonderful.
The illustrations are gorgeous, really special. The habitat gets more and more elaborate as more concerns need to be addressed. I can’t say enough good things about the pictures.
I think the final design of the salamander’s room will make clear to kids the feasibility of keeping a salamander as an indoor animal companion; I don’t think any extra major educational endeavor is necessary, but this book could act as a springboard for such a discussion.
I always hate to say this, but in this case it’s so true: This is a book that’s great for both boys and girls, but is one likely to be enjoyed by boys who turn up their noses at many other books....more
This is a wonderful picture book, both story and pictures.
I really liked the main girl character/narrator. Her voice is that of a child’s yet sophistiThis is a wonderful picture book, both story and pictures.
I really liked the main girl character/narrator. Her voice is that of a child’s yet sophisticated and authentic sounding. She’s poor and has no shoes, but she’s a fine artist. This is a story about pride and jealousy and perseverance and creativity and mental fortitude, and love, and about making the best of situations. So, it’s about this girl, her wonderful family, her schoolmates (including one who’s a mean bully), and the school community.
The illustrations are just fabulous and fit the story so well. They’re so beautiful.
This story is so well told that even though it is a picture book, it kind of read like a novel.
I fell in love with Delly/Adella, her father, her teacher, and this book.
This would be a good book to read about bullying, although the first thing I’d bring up for discussion is about how Adella handled it, and why she didn’t tell anyone what happened but decided to solve the problem herself, and what might others do differently? It’s also a wonderful book for discussing activities than transcend pain. Children who like to create art will probably especially appreciate story and pictures. This book reminded me a bit of the book The Hundred Dresses, which I really liked when I was a child, but I like this book even more.
This story elicited both painfully sad and joyous emotions in me.
Good book to read during the autumn months....more