Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Picture Book Round-up: The Joy of Giving, African Inquiry, NZ Humour, Carnivores

The Quiltmaker's Gift, Jeff Brumbeau
Our dear friends introduced us to this beautifully illustrated moral tale.  It's super-lovely and worth seeking out if you haven't seen it (there's another about the quiltmaker's journey too, but this is our favourite).
Little Red, Bethan Woollvin
The pantone colours perfectly match this bold retelling of the tale you thought you knew. 
Frankencrayon, Michael Hall
I like stories about making the best of things and this cheeky cast of characters are very fun.
Carnivores, Aaron Reynolds
An excellent book about an excellent club (it made us think of A Shark Tale -- nine years its senior -- but in a good way).
Baa Baa Smart Sheep, Mark Sommerset
A tale of a tricky trickster in irresistible speech-bubble format.  My girls read this one over and over to themselves after Haki and I had read it to them.  A sweetie friend lent us her copy along with I Love Lemonade (a very similar follow-up) and they read, read, read!
Dear Fairy Godmother, Michael Rosen
A whole new take on writing to Agony Aunt.  It's always fun to read a twist on something so well-known.  This lift-the-flap book filled with Fairy Godmother's responses to characters' problems is a treat.
Roly the Anzac Donkey, Glyn Harper
Often the historical fiction titles are something I initiate cracking open around here, but this book had my girls coming back for more again and again.  The eyelashes on the donkey may have something to do with it...  There's brilliance in focusing a children's book about war and Gallipoli on an animal.  The eyelashes are the cherry.

Our last home-school inquiry study was on Africa.  Of the many titles we checked out during that time, we found four real winners, all of which you should get out sometime!  Galimoto is the pick of the bunch (not just of the African Inquiry selection, but the entire post; it had my girls spellbound).

What's Cooking Jamela? Niki Daly
There are a bunch of books about Jamela.  This is our favourite.
I Lost My Tooth in Africa, Penda Diakité
I love how well-fused cultural learning and narrative are in this.

A is for Africa, Ifeoma Onyefulu
Onyefulu's explanation of how she has done her best to represent traditions common across the continent is excellent in this one.
Galimoto, Karen Lynn Williams
Spellbound, I say.  This one's best if you don't read any blurbage and dive in.  Do it!

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