The Man with the Violin

"Dylan was someone who noticed things.  His mom was someone who wasn't." Ouch.  How many times am I guilty of that?  Focusing on my to-do list while ignoring everything around me? This day, Dylan noticed music.  He asked his mom to stop to listen, but she was too busy.  The music captivated Dylan - he... Continue Reading →

A Walk in Paris

Paris is a beautiful city (I'm told - I've haven't been there yet), one that people of all ages can enjoy.   Children and parents alike will enjoy A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino, a beautifully illustrated picture book which gives an overview of the city from a little girl's perspective. Even though I've... Continue Reading →

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

For preschoolers learning about other people groups and the alphabet, Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove is the perfect picture book marrying the two. Musgrove works her way through the alphabet, telling a bit about a different African tribe for each letter.  The tribal illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon are as interesting... Continue Reading →

Brush of the Gods

Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look and illustrated by Meilo So tells the story of Wu Daozi, one of China's greatest painters. As with all historical great figures, his story has been enlarged and exaggerated, although his artistic ability was not. Look writes a fictional account of Daozi's life, based upon references in Chinese... Continue Reading →

the hidden alphabet

Parents and children alike will enjoy the hidden alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Seeger created a beautiful lift-the-flap book with capital letters. Each flap has a window with a picture illustrating the letter. Then, the reader lifts the flap to reveal: the hidden letter of the alphabet. Seeger elegant paintings for each letter really capture... Continue Reading →

A Child’s Book of Art

A Child's Book of Art is an over-sized, hardback book for children.  In it, Lucy Micklethwait has selected words and works of art which describe those words. For example, one two-page spread is titled "The Seasons."  To illustrate spring, Micklethwait chose Spring by Claude Monet.  For summer, she chose Wheatfield with Reaper by Vincent van... Continue Reading →

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