Sunday, May 30, 2010

Five More Children's Books

As part of my plan to try to "read" all of the Caldecott Medal winners, I offer the following reviews.

Visually a lovely book.  There really is no story, however.  This is one of those bedtime books that is almost rigidly meant to be read around bedtime with the inevitably repetitions and such.

Another of those books I can't imagine reading night after night.

This is one of those rare gems--a true picture book that tells a story without using a single word.  While at the beach, a boy finds something that has washed ashore and what follows is simply magical.

The illustrations are lovely and so eloquent.  When my children were younger, I would have used a book like this to suggest they write a story to go along with the illustrations.  An adventurous adult might even go so far as to buy two copies of this book and take the pages apart to piece the content together with what the children writes or perhaps paste the child's written narrative in between the images.

An utterly enchanting story.

A true picture book.  No words.  All imagery.

This book is based on the Aesop fable.  A child already familiar with Aesop's fables will likely love the images in this lavish book.  A child not yet familiar may find some of the content confusing.  The lion catches the mouse and then the mouse is back in its den presumably telling its family about the lion but some things are simply lost without the words.

A pretty book but the power of this fable is less in its images and more fully realized in simply the words. Perhaps, invite the child to create their own illustrated version of the fable and then "read" this book together.

A cute story with vivid illustrations that celebrates family.  A child describes visiting grandparents and the fun that can be had even in approaching the grandparent's home.

The family is multi-racial and the child's gender is never clearly defined.

For these reasons alone, I would highly recommend this book because it welcomes discussion in older readers while celebrating family.  Whatever age the child may be, there is something in these pages to discover.

There is a fifth book I can and will share.  For reasons that will be apparent later, I am choosing to review the book separate from these.

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