Monday, March 01, 2021

The Bear and the Duck

by May Angeli


Duck crash-lands in a thicket and is rescued by Bear, just up from hibernation. Bear feeds Duck and the two become friends. The story is simple and told with subtle humor (translated from French).  Handsome woodcuts in limited color are reminiscent of 1950s and 60s picture books. It's a lovely story about the seasons and enduring friendship.


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Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.


For a story time about unlikely friendships, hibernation, and the seasons, pair The Bear and the Duck with Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Rizzoli Bookstore speed painting from Jenny Kroik on Vimeo.

The Christmas Feast

by Nathalie Dargent; illus. by Magali Le Huche; trans. from French
 8/20    978-0-8028-5537-4  

This is a Trickster tale about a fox, a weasel and a wolf who steal a turkey for a Christmas feast. The clever turkey quickly takes charge. It’s set up like an Aesops fable (maybe it is?), wryly told, with great personalities, facial expressions, and details. The turkey becomes a friend who turns the house into a cheerful home. There’s a nice little twist at the very end that, if you prefer a cozy ending, you can ignore. (Or maybe not.) Highly recommended.

Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Highlights Book of Things to Do

Yesterday I received a review copy of The Highlights Book of Things to Do. Highlights is famous for explaining the world in a manageable, comforting way, and this book is no exception.

It's is a hefty 384-page collection of practical information (like measurements and conversion tables), relationship advice (how to make up with a friend), recipes, and surprising things you can make (like a battery out of a lemon). The illustrations are delightful. I love Jannie Ho’s lesson on how to draw comics.
Small, creative activities can make us happy and inspire us in profound ways. My advice? Leave this book on the coffee table, available for needed inspiration.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Bid on this print from Pearl Goes to Preschool and help a great cause~

Bidding begins this Sunday, September 27th, for the 5th Annual Plum Creek Online Art Auction! 200 works of art are being auctioned off to support the continuing the festival's high quality programming throughout 2021 and many years to come. 100% of the proceeds benefit the festival. Bid high, bid often, and share widely!

Saturday, September 05, 2020

September Book Birthday!

by Karen English 
illustrations by Ebony Glenn 

Red Shoes follows a pair of red shoes from the original owner, a little girl in the United States, to a little girl in West Africa.  It’s a gift from her aunt as a  reward for fasting every other day during the month of Ramadan.  (Children are often introduced to the fast of Ramadan in this very voluntary way.)  --Karen English

Malika is delighted when Nana surprises her with a beautiful new pair of red shoes! And with a click-clack-click and a swish, swish, swish, Malika wears her wonderful new shoes everywhere she goes. But one day, the shoes begin to pinch Malika's toes. And alas, they don't let her forget that her feet have grown! Soon Malika and Nana are off to the Rare Finds Resale Shop, where the shoes can be resold -- so another little girl can enjoy them! --Publisher

3 - 5 years
Preschool - Kindergarten
32 pages
Scholastic Inc. (September 15, 2020)
ISBN-10: 1338114603
ISBN-13: 978-1338114607

About Karen English

I am the author of twenty-three books: twelve early readers; eight picture books; three novels.  

I began my writing “career” when I was seven.  My mother called my “book” of stories, The Miss Flouncy Stories.  I’m so grateful for the love of writing.  I consider it a gift.  I am the mother of four children and four grandchildren.  I live in Los Angeles with my husband. 

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