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My Picture Books Reviews

June 2, 2022

It’s always a pleasure to discover new picture books. Here are a few of my recent finds.

The Creature of Habit

A big creature, living on an island, does the exact same thing every day. It never changes. When a little creature arrives at the island, the big creature teaches him exactly what to do each day. But there’s a problem. The little creature doesn’t follow the rules and does his own thing. The big creature watches and calls it “absolute madness.” When the little creature begins to offer little changes in the habits of the big creature, the big creature slowly finds pleasure in doing things differently. This creative book is a lesson to let your hair down and stop being a creature of habit.

Good Job, George!

George is a great helper. He does a good job – most of the time. But when he enters a newly painted room he was told not to enter, the dog follows him. Chaos! Disaster! George’s parents are not happy George didn’t listen. George realizes that sometimes the choices he makes do not always get a good job pat on the back.

Gladys The Magic Chicken

Gladys The Magic Chicken is a rollicking tale of a chicken who everyone believes is magic and will grant wishes. In each case, it appears Gladys does grant the wish, but does she really, or is it just coincidence? The story is a bit lengthy but it’s a fun-filled romp with Gladys leading readers on her adventures in ancient times.

The Digger and the Duckling

Digger, a big machine, and his crew love their work. Roll. Dig. Build. But when a little duckling shows up at their job site, they’re annoyed. The longer the duckling stays, the more she becomes a part of the big truck crew. As the seasons change, the duckling grows and flies south. The big trucks miss their friend and hope that one day she’ll return. Will she? This is a cute story of how a little duckling charms Digger and his crew.

Do you have any favorite current picture books?

Christmas Treasures

December 14, 2017

With the holidays upon and preparations in full swing, I came across one of my favorite Christmas treasures. It always makes me pause as memories of past Christmases crowd into my mind. Below is a post from 2011 that I’d like to share once again.

Behold one of the Christmas treasures I rescued from my parents’ house before it was sold. It’s the 1948 Christmas Annual Edition of the Louis Allis Messenger. I wasn’t around in 1948, but this particular book made an appearance every Christmas for as long as I can remember. I loved the contents of the book with its Christmas carols, poems, customs from other lands, and beautiful art. But it was the cover illustrations and the double page spread in the middle of the book that kept me fascinated for hours. I immersed myself in George Hinke’s illustrations and became part of the enchanting world he created.

 

cover

Front Cover

back cover

Back Cover

beard

Inside Front Cover

elves

Inside Back Cover

double

Double-Page Spread

I spent hours examining every tiny detail in the scenes. I named the elves and made myself a secret elf, feeding the cats, joining in the pillow fight, opening letters for Santa, and counting the good girls and boys. This book still has the power to evoke delightful memories and the feeling of magic that was part of my childhood.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

I wish you wonderful childhood memories.

Christmas Treasures

December 9, 2011

Behold one of the Christmas treasures I rescued from my parents’ house before it was sold. It’s the 1948 Christmas Annual Edition of the Louis Allis Messenger. I wasn’t around in 1948, but this particular book made an appearance every Christmas for as long as I can remember. I loved the contents of the book with its Christmas carols, poems, customs from other lands, and beautiful art. But it was the cover illustrations and the double page spread in the middle of the book that kept me fascinated for hours. I immersed myself into George Hinke’s illustrations and became part of the enchanting world he created. 

Front Cover

 

Back Cover

Inside Front Cover

 

Inside Back Cover

Double-Page Spread

I spent hours examining every tiny detail in the scenes. I named the elves and made myself a secret elf, feeding the cats, joining in the pillow fight, opening letters for Santa, and counting the good girls and boys. This book still has the power to evoke delightful memories and bring back the feeling of magic that was part of my childhood.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder


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