Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oregon's Journey

pictures by Louis Joos

With hints of magic realism and a dose of Americana, there's something sweet and haunting about this simple story.  A clown and a bear leave the circus together and make their way across the country to the mountains where the bear can be wild and live free.  The sweeping watercolor illustrations and plain but evocative text create a story that stirs something deeper when you read it. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

What Can You Do with a Shoe?

A gloriously silly collaboration between Beatrice Schenk de Regainers and Maurice Sendak.

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
pictures by Maurice Sendak 1955

Follow along as two children pick up everyday objects and declare all sorts of ridiculous ways to use them.  Great for reading aloud!

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Bear for All Seasons

Diane Marcial Fuchs
illustrated by Kathryn Brown 1995

Autumn is my very favorite season, but sometimes I feel like Bear, changing my mind when I think of the fresh skies of Spring, or how the sun is soft and heavy in Summer, or the cozy feeling of waking up to a Winter snow day.  Bear was trying to take his winter's nap when Fox comes in and reminds him of all the different joys to be found in each of the seasons.  In the end Bear realizes that "the company of good friends is what I love best- no matter what the season."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Favorite Nursery Songs

Just the classic Nursery Rhymes we all know and love, this time with music and Marjorie Torrey's delectable vintage illustrations.

Favorite Nursery Songs
compiled by Phyllis Brown Ohanian
illustrated by Marjorie Torrey 1956

Sunday, November 8, 2015

One Day Means A Lot

by Marisa
pictures by Reisie Lonette 1965

 Reisie Lonette sweetly illustrated the poems of her four year old daughter, Marisa.   I love kid poems because they're often so beautiful and have a simple use of language.  Lonette's pictures are lovely.  I think they have a sort of Tasha Tudor quality to them.

Friday, November 6, 2015

My Stars, It's Mrs. Gaddy!

Wilson Gage
pictures by Marylin Hafner 1991

A nice collection of stories about the silly Mrs. Gaddy who is always saying things like "Oh my stars and garters!" or "Good gravy!".  She lives on a tidy farm with her cow and mule and some chickens, but it seems that there is always something bothering her.  In the first story it's a pesky ghost, then a troublesome crow begins a pranking feud, and in the final story Mrs. Gaddy makes the mistake of planting a fast growing vine that threatens to over-run her house (which reminded me of my mom's wisteria that she has to beat back every year!).  Charlotte did well reading this on her own.