It’s the last day of Perfect Picture Book – Friday for a while, as it closes for the northern summer. Sad, I know, I do love the series, the company that passes my blog to read my reviews and the joy I get out of visiting others. Spear-headed by the fun-loving Susanna Hill. I was so torn wandering through my local library, wondering which book I should pick for this weeks review, and I just couldn’t decide between these two. They each have their own special message, depicting the kind of writing one dreams of. Forgive me for being greedy and posting two reviews (I did miss last weeks), but I think you will find them just as special, as I did.
River Song with the Banana Slug String Band
Illustrator: Katherine Zecca
With the: Banana Slug String Band
Published by: Dawn Publications, USA.
Ages: 6 years and over
Themes: Nature, animals, seasons, music
Opening lines: It happened one day on the mountain so high, a river was born from out of the sky. The rain and the snow came falling down, and started to run as they hit the ground.
Blurpah pa-shoosh rumbly pound, a white rapid river makes a wonderful sound.
Synopsis: From the front flap.. Rivers make beautiful music – from the trickle of snowmelt to the roar of a waterfall – and here it is joined by the music of the Banana Slug String Band “River Song” celebrates rivers as a fascinating, ever-changing source of life and joy. The attached CD presents the Slug’s vibrant rendition of “River Song,” accompanied by bluegrass-country singer (and “river rat”) Laurie Lewis and “folk-cellist” Barry Phillips.
Why I like this: Katherine’s beautiful big pictures, capturing nature in every season moves the enchanting story along. From the clouds above snow-capped mountains we are swept on a journey through ice rivers, over rapids, river stones, through still lakes of autumn, down waterfalls to the sea below. Throughout we are treated to the delights of wildlife and learn the wonder of nature in an ever-changing season. The text beautifully glides along on a song! The accompanying CD is a treasure and I found myself stopping to listen and singing along with the book many times. Kids will love this. I loved also that the last page actually takes us back to the beginning of how the river is formed, a never-ending cycle… Very cleverly done. A must for young and old!
Resources: Arr well this book is full of resources in itself; with a page of definitions of terms,
a list of other Creative Non-fiction Books that Encourage-Appreciation for Nature, such as The Award-winning Habitat series by Anthony Fredericks and John Denver and Kids Series by John Denver, plus many more.
Also some of the music and words are written in the back of the book along with detailed bio’s of the author, illustrator and the Banana Slug String Band.
Also here is their website for you to listen and join in the singing, complete with the words… http://bananaslugs.bandcamp.com/track/river-song
Wherever You Are my love will find you
Published by: Feiwel and Friends, New York, 2012
Ages: All ages
Opening Lines: I wanted you more than you ever will know, so I sent love to follow wherever you go.
Synopsis: from the front flap… Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day. If love could take shape, it might look something like these heart-felt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.
Why I like this: It is true, after I read this book and then re-read the front flap, this is indeed for anyone, no matter how young or how old. Beautiful words, sometimes only a line on a page, well-selected, reaching from heart to heart, it is both comforting and warm wrapped in delicate illustrations, yet it sings right off the page. Cute, colourful pictures of a boy cavorting across hue landscape with wild animals, makes this a magical book. Cuddle up with your young one, and tiptoe through this delightful book. It could be given as a birthday gift, for a new baby, from grandparent to grandchild or from child to parent.
Resources: Nancy’s website allows us to view some of the beautiful illustrations.. http://www.nancytillman.com/books/wherever/
Here’s a lovely website of gift cards kids could make and write messages of love on… http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Card-Crafts-for-Kids.html
Some lovely notes to giggle over… http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/kids-who-are-better-at-romance-than-you
For more books with resources please head on over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.