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website: Isabelle Malenfant

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks

Leather Shoe Charlie

"In a small village in England," Charlie's grandfather, a cobbler, made Charlie a pair of leather shoes. "The shoes were well made and comfortable, and Charlie was proud of them." 

When Charlie and his brother were young boys, they moved with their parents to work in a city textile factory. 

Gyeong-hwa Kim tells the story of Britain's Industrial Revolution, with its polluted air, and harsh working conditions for children and adults alike. It is also a story of a sacrifice that Charlie is willing to make for his sick mother.

Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso, the book has a handsome cubist/constructivist style reminiscent of Marc Chagall

With a map of the global economy and a timeline of events, Leather Shoe Charlie works as both a picture book and a history book, with present-day relevance.

PAPERBACK; Published: 2/18/2017ISBN: 978-0-8028-5473-536 PagesTrim Size, in inches: 10.5" x 9"Ages 6-10
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Thank you to Eerdma…

Daniel Finds a Poem

He looks up in surprise when he hears Spider say, "To me, poetry is when morning dew glistens." 

Daniel Finds a PoembyMicha Archer is a lovely book about a boy hearing poetry in the park. I love Daniel's expressions of awe, as each animal speaks to him.

Made with oil paint and collage, the illustrations have wrinkles and paper edges so crisp that you have to touch the pages to make sure they're only two-dimensional.

So, just when is Father's Day 2017?

Well, it depends on where you live:

In the US it's the third Sunday in June—this year, June 18th.

back cover sketch for Lily's Cat Mask