Not having the 1000 plus books that we own at our fingertips has actually opened up our book reading in the past few weeks. I am once again enjoying going to the library. My book collection may very well be given away. (Stay tuned!)
If you have a girl, you are going to love Violet the Pilot. By the same author illustrator that wrote Stick, Steve Breen creates a girl character that won't soon be forgotten. As one reviewer on Amazon said, I can see other books about Violet. Violet is a mechanical genius, by the age of four she is taking apart and reassembling grandfather clocks. Around the age of eight she turns her attention to flying machines. She and her dog Orville scour the junkyard that her father overseas to make very interesting flying contraptions. In the end Violet is a hero as well. The illustrations and the character's expressions remind me a bit of David Small (Imogene's Antler's, The Library, Company's Coming). Trust me on this one, you will enjoy it.
It might be a bit too young for one Violet I know but it is worth checking from the library. I'm sure her little brothers will love it.
Elephants Never Forget! is another new favorite. The book jacket refers to the author Anushka Ravishankar as an Indian Dr. Seuss and I must agree. The text is so fun to read aloud. There are several points in the book when the elephant makes a loud "Toot" sound. It was an extra delight to hear Si chime in and say "toot" for the first time. Never the mind that "toot" is the word we use for moving gas. ;)
This story of an baby elephant separated from the herd will warm your heart. She finds a comfortable and important place among the water buffalo but in the end she must decide should she stay or should she go. This reminds me of other stories where an animal finds itself with a different family, Guji Guji comes to mind but that isn't the story I am searching for. Any suggestions?
The illustrations are wonderful. School Library Journal describes them as "...attractive, digitally created artwork, in black and periwinkle on cream, has the appearance of block prints." I adore woodcuts or anything that suggests the medium.
The Little Green Island With a Little Red House by Sharon Lovejoy is one of my new favorites. The text layout makes it a great way to introduce interesting color words to a new reader. The story and illustrations are also exceptionally charming. It is my new book to give as a birthday present. I plan to order a few and keep them wrapped in my gift closet.
No doubt most readers of this blog have read this newer book by Eric Carle, 10 Little Rubber Ducks. I wasn't especially fond of it the first time we read it about a year ago but Citcat pulled it off the shelf as one of the three books she is allowed to check out for the day so we read it again.
What delighted me in this reading is the use of the number words first, second, third, fourth and so on to the tenth duck. Citcat has known how to count using this sequence for some time but it is a great way to introduce or reinforce the concept.
Itsy Bitsy, the Smart Spider is short and clever which is always welcome at the end of the day. Sometimes I just have to slip in at least one very short book to speed the bedtime process. Don't you?
Itsy decides to figure out a way to stay dry the next time she goes up the water spout. There is a delightful example of saving money in this book. Great for little ones. This book can be sung to the tune. :)