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Manhattan – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Joanna Marple's review of Mapping the Story of an Island by Jennifer Thermes
"...I find this picture book breathtaking and groundbreaking, and it holds a fascination for all ages."
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My Wild Cat by Isabelle Simler

The talented Isabelle Simlerhas written a simple, informative book about a cat and cats in general. Her scratchy, handsome (digital?) ink-work give fur and fabric a textural feel.

With one sentence or partial sentence per spread, the book is a perfect read aloud for the very young. Footnotes add fascinating facts, such as a "cat can run 100 meters in only 9 seconds––faster than any human on record."

In the end we see the cat waiting patiently, then playfully pouncing on the narrator. Written with affection and insight, My Wild Cat is a delightful book for all ages.

Pub date Sept 17, 2019 978-0-8028-5525-1 Eerdmans 64 pages

Back to School

Alexander Girard:

A Designer's Universe
to October 27, 2019
Girard's Modern Folk
in the Lloyd's Treasure Chest to January 26, 2020
at the Museum of International Folk Art in SANTA FE, NM 

THANK YOU! by Charo Pita, Illustrated by Anuska Allepuz

Illustrator Anuska Allepuz has an eye for graphic design. Many of the spreads inThank You! have a color theme. Some are cool blue or purple, and the last spread is yellow for contrast. 
The landscapes feel expansive, while the expressive faces of a grandma and her granddaughter feel intimate. 
The granddaughter asks the big questions.  "Why does the sea stop at the sand,” “...what holds the moon up so it doesn’t fall out of the sky?” Grandma can’t explain why the world works the way it does. But she knows “what we have to do with all of these mysteries.”
Thank You!is a simple and profound story about appreciating your world and the people in it.
You can see more work by Anuska Allepuz at

Age Range: 4 - 8 yearsGrade Level: Preschool - 3Hardcover: 32 pagesPublisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (August 20, 2019)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0802855245ISBN-13: 978-0802855244

Pearl Goes to Preschool is available for Pre-order!