Children - Picture Books

Daddy Played the Blues by Michael Garland - Book Review

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By Michael Garland, Michael Garland (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780884485889
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - September 5th, 2017

Our heroine Cassie is not really the focus of the book. But Music is. Blues music in fact. In a fiction format we learn about a family that packed up everything they owned in their truck with her Daddy, Uncle and Mama in the front and Cassie and her two brothers in the back. We see the migration from the South to Chicago. We see the people that made blues music popular to the public. And how the blues helped one family get through the very tough times. The back-matter of the story has Garland telling how he came to find his own music in the 1970s but how he came to find, The Blues. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Islandborn by Junot Diaz - Book Review

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By Junot Diaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229860
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Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2018

Lola and her classmates are mostly from “someplace else” but now call here home. A school project to draw what you remember best about that first place has Lola unsure of herself (after all, she was just a baby when she left and has no memories from then). Yet, she quickly figures out how to use the resources around her: her family, friends, neighbors and even the memory the island has of her, to capture her heritage. Adults will see current and historical events and experience what being a modern immigrant is all about. Everyone will delight in the colorful Caribbean-infused illustrations that bring to life a magical story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Drawn Together by Minh Le - Book Review

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By Minh Le, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 5th, 2018

When a young boy visits his grandfather, he is frustrated and a little scared of him. As their language barrier causes miscommunication. Yet, when they learn that the other one enjoys drawing, they find a way to speak without words. Gorgeous illustrations and (like the authors grandfather) a book of few words. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553537895
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - February 28th, 2017

This wordless picture book is an absolute delight. The story, told entirely in pictures, alternates between full page spreads and small panels, providing an exciting mix of pacing and detail. A little girl takes her beloved stuffed fox toy to school for show and tell; on the playground, a little fox child steals the toy, and an anguished search and rescue mission begins. The girl and a friend eventually find themselves in a forest village populated by all sorts of animal families, and at last find the little fox child playing with the fox doll. I won't spoil the ending for you; trust me when I say that this tale has all the pathos, character development, and suspense you could ask for in a picture book. Full of charming details to spot in the artwork, and a storyline that is easy to follow while giving full credit to the emotional roller-coaster of childhood lost-and-found. This one can melt your heart. ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong

Ruby's Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee - Book Review

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By Vickie Lee, Joey Chou (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250133380
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - December 26th, 2017

Ruby’s Chinese New Year hints at Little Red Riding Hood and tells the story of how the Zodiac was given which animal would represent which year. Included is the legend of the Chinese horoscope and instructions for crafts. The bright colors of the illustrations and modern text creates an introduction to another holiday and another culture. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman - Book Review

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By Katie Hesterman, Sergio Ruzzier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399547782
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 27th, 2018

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier introduces poetry to the younger reader without it screaming and is an introduction of the habits of robins. This combination makes this a delightful choice for any bookshelves. The colors are muted, yet still pop. Yet they fit perfectly with the tone of the text. For all ages, but geared to ages four to six. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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