The Bee’s Knees: Jazz ABZ (An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits)

Saturday, January 26, 2008.

 Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits Author: Wynton Marsalis and Phil Schaap
Illustrator: Paul Rogers (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763621358

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Vintage poster-style illustrations and meticulously crafted poems pay tribute to the skill, spirit and style of twenty-six jazz greats, from A to Z.

Enkindling Generosity: Wenceslas

Friday, December 14, 2007.

Wenceslas -- The Eternal Christmas StoryAuthor: Geraldine McCaughrean
Illustrator: Christian Birmingham
Published: 2005 Random House Group (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0552549096

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Richly retold with storytelling flair and depicted by enveloping impressionist artwork, the traditional carol gains depth and suspense in this inspiring demonstration of benevolence and backbone.

Infectious Burlesque: Science Verse

Friday, November 30, 2007.

Science VerseAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lane Smith (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Penguin Young Reader (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670062693

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Mother Goose, Longfellow and Edgar Allen Poe get a jolt of unshakable Scieszkan nonsense in this addictive collection of twisted belt-it-out classics.

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Check out 7-Imp’s interview with the amazing Jon Scieszka here.

Check out our chat with Lane Smith here.

Good Times, Noodle Salad*: Grandma’s Feather Bed

Friday, November 16, 2007.

Grandma's Feather BedAuthor: John Denver (John Conner)
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon
Published: 2007 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584690968

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We know, we know! Celebrity-linked children’s books certainly don’t need a mention from little old us, but with a song this belt-outable and illustrations so happy and full of popping off the page family fun, how could we resist?

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Drought, Doubt and Duty: Mei Ming and the Dragon’s Daughter

Wednesday, October 31, 2007.

Mei Ming and the Dragon's DaughterAuthor: Lydia Bailey
Illustrator: Martin Springett
Published: 1991 Scholastic Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0590733702

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Rhythmic narration, enchanting riddles and an elegant fusion of Asian and art deco illustration draw us into an adventure in friendship and fortitude that highlights the fragility of life and the fortune that is water.

You can read about more of our favourite Canadian, Asian-themed children’s books here.

You’ll find a great list of dragon related books and activities here.

Banyan Benevolence: In the Heart of the Village

Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

In The Heart of the VillageAuthor: Barbara Bash
Illustrator: Barbara Bash
Published: 2002 Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 1578050804

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Welcoming illustrations and stirring text exalt the gifts of an Indian banyan tree while gently tossing us on waves of darkness, golds, laughter, peace and chatter.

You can read more about banyan trees here.

Preschool Perfection: Sitting on the Farm

Friday, August 31, 2007.

Sitting on the FarmAuthor: Bob King
Illustrator: Bill Slavin (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Kids Can Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550741497

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Imaginative, engaging illustrations and plenty of predictable, belt-it-out repetition rendered our copy of this sing-along comedy a ragged but treasured relic of the fleeting toddler years.

A Candid Crescendo: The Philharmonic Gets Dressed

Wednesday, August 1, 2007.

The Philharmonic Gets DressedAuthor: Karla Kuskin
Illustrator: Marc Simont (on JOMB)
Published: 1982 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006443124X

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Peppered with humour and interesting details, 105 parallel melodies of quiet, private bustling sweep us from the calm of a chilly dusk to the resounding beauty of a symphony’s first notes in this inspiring peek at the talented, not-so-unlike-us individuals whose work is to play — beautifully.

Fun, Times Eleven: The Eensy-Weensy Spider

Friday, June 8, 2007.

The Eensy-Weensy SpiderAuthor: Mary Ann Hoberman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott (on JOMB)
Published: 2000 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439295165

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When it comes to generously illustrated sing-along staples, more is more. Boasting eleven extra verses of the classic toddler tune and thirty-two pages of captivating illustrations, this book has always left our girls eager for its next reading.

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Encrypted Freedom: Follow the Drinking Gourd

Friday, May 4, 2007.

Follow the Drinking GourdAuthor: Jeanette Winter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jeanette Winter
Published: 1992 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0679819975

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Saturated with colour and emotion, this beautifully illustrated book — like the song that inspired it — opens young eyes to the value of freedom and the price some pay to achieve it. Fact or fiction, it’s an inspiring read.

Follow the Drinking Gourd” performed by The Brookfield High School World Voices Choir and Maria Hawkins used with permission of Jeannie Hunter. Learn more about The Brookfield Highschool World Voices Choir on this episode of The Electric Sky Podcast.

Prejudice and Perfect Pitch: Across the Alley

Friday, April 27, 2007.

Across The AlleyAuthor: Richard Michelson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 GP Putnam & Son
ISBN: 0399239707

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Gorgeously illustrated and intimately told, this tale of friendship and understanding is an inspiring tribute to the distinctions and connections that define us.

Soul Force and Spice Cake: The Call to Shakabaz

Wednesday, April 11, 2007.

The Call To ShakabazAuthor: Amy Wachspress
Published: 2007 Woza Books
ISBN: 0978835026

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Colour, music, scents and sentiment spill out of this pictureless fantasy novel and sweep us into a story of suspense, self-discovery and nonviolent resistance. Our girls laughed, swooned, quaked and cheered — then happily chirped “Satyagraha!”.

Other books mentioned: The Meanest Doll in the World

Check out our interview with author Amy Wachspress here.

 
 

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