Remembering for Grandma: Mile-High Apple Pie

Wednesday, April 29, 2009.

Mile-High Apple PieAuthor: Laura Langston (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lindsey Gardiner (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0099443880

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Happily sloppy artwork and perfectly picked words and pace present the first-person ponderings of a young girl as her once spunky grandmother slips into forgetfulness in this sweet, sad tale of coping and compassion.

Update: Mark mentions the documentary film and supporting website, Forgetful not Forgotten.

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Cultivating Hope: Mr. Hiroshi’s Garden

Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

 Mr. Hiroshi's GardenAuthor: Maxine Trottier (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Paul Morin (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 Fitzhenry and Whiteside (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550051520

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Dazzling light glows against darkening shadow as this warmly told memory of friendship and fortitude peeks into a dim chapter in Canadian history.

Other books mentioned:

For more information about the Japanese Internment of 1942-1945, visit Vanishing British Columbia, Canada: A People’s History, and Canadian Nikkei.

You can read about more of our favourite Canadian, Asian-themed children’s books in this essay by Andrea at Paper Tigers.

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Inventions, Adventure & Conservation: The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau

Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques CousteauAuthor: Dan Yaccarino (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Dan Yaccarino
Published: 2009 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375855734

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Colour drenched, stylized illustrations, carefully selected quotes and simple, informative text open our eyes and imaginations to the creativity, curiosity and commitment of this explorer, inventor, filmmaker extraordinaire.

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Brawls, Burps and Business: Come to the Castle (A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England)

Friday, April 10, 2009.

Come to the Castle!: A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century EnglandAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Roaring Brook Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596431555

Humour, grimaces, gluttony and grime cleverly deliver a bonanza of not-soon forgotten feudal facts in this rhyming rundown of Medieval careers.

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Pop over to Carol’s Corner for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

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If you are feasting this holiday week, Bon Appétit!

Thinking Big, Beautifully: I Am Small

Friday, April 3, 2009.

I Am SmallAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254555

“My eyes belong only to me, they tell me I’m me and nobody else.
But if I were not inside my body, who would be me?”

Breezy, upbeat illustrations and beautifully worded wonderings give us a stirring glimpse of the fresh and often forgotten preschool perspective in this thought-provoking reminder that, when it comes right down to it, we’re all small.

Pop over to ayuddha.net for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Thelma Slater, Chair of the Mayor’s Literacy Commission in Canton, Ohio, checks in with her fifty-something son to recall some of his childhood favourites including Dr. Seuss.

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An Adorable Adventure: Duck Tents

Friday, March 27, 2009.

Duck TentsAuthor: Lynne Berry (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Hiroe Nakata (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 080508696X

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Sweet and spunky with a tingling hint of backyard camp-out scariness, this irresistibly upbeat rhyming adventure breathes a long-awaited summer breeze.

Pop over to The Drift Record for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Anita Newburt registers her vote for us to continue recording our reviews in our favourite coffee shop.  Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughtful feedback, Anita.  We’re officially convinced!

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Of Comfort and Coping: Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

Friday, March 20, 2009.

Michael Rosen's Sad BookAuthor: Michael Rosen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Quentin Blake (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763641049

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This beautifully honest confession of the ups, the downs, the confusion and fond memories of a father dealing with the death of his son offers a rare, candid, detailed look at sadness, solitude and the strength to carry on.

More thoughtful resilience on JOMB:

You can celebrate Poetry Friday by watching and listening to Michael Rosen performing each one of the poems from his out-of-print book of children’s poetry ‘The Hypnotiser’ here.

Pop over to Wild Rose Reader for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Maureen Stanley shares her love of The Giving Tree (by Shel Silverstein).

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Much More Than Meets the Eye: Perfect Man

Friday, March 6, 2009.

Perfect ManAuthor: Troy Wilson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Dean Griffiths (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Orca Book Publishers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1551434350

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Mark and I clearly had a tough time packing all our love for this fabulously inspiring and entertaining book into a coherent chat, so I definitely can’t pack it into one sentence.

How about this?

If you are a parent or a teacher or a writer or a child, if you’ve had the gift of an extraordinary educator, if you’ve ever felt small, if you’re prepared to have your heart swell with hope or you’d just enjoy a good laugh, get your hands on a copy of this unpredictable, heart-warming super-hero tale — and then rise to its challenges to live life, exercise your strengths and recognize greatness in yourself and others.

Looking for more inspiring teachers in children’s books? Check out 100 Cool Teachers in Children’s Literature on A Year of Reading (thanks to Franki, Mary Lee — and to Tricia for the reminder).

HOTLINE VOICES: Mark corners April Harkinson at the PodCamp Philly Bowling Event and learns that her favourite children’s books are the Berenstain Bears Series (by Stan and Jan Berenstain).

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A Canine Cure: Dr. White

Wednesday, February 25, 2009.

Dr. WhiteAuthor: Jane Goodall (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Julie Litty (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 North-South Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0735818681

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Gentle, realistic illustrations and intriguing text tell the true tale of an adorable stray dog that restored health to critically ill children in a London hospital and hope to those who cared for them.

You can take a closer look at our long awaited (and long resisted) new family member, Phaedra, here.

Working dogs on JOMB:

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You can listen to our to vain attempt get our doggie dose through children’s books here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Katrina Morse of FamilyReading.com explains how one of her favourite books, the 1948 classic Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey), shows that children can have more common sense than grown-ups.

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Rhyme Is The New Prose: Zorgamazoo (A Novel in Rhyme)

Friday, February 20, 2009.

ZorgamazooAuthor: Robert Paul Weston (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Victor Rivas (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 RazorBill (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1595141995

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Two hundred and eighty three pages of flawless rhyme whisk us through joy, sorrow, suspense, giggles, bliss, shock and triumph in this beautifully illustrated and designed adventure in friendship, self-discovery and the power of engagement.

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to The Holly and the Ivy for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Kirby Larson shares how the book How to Steal a Dog (by Barbara O’Connor) stole her heart.

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2008-09 Cybils Winner: Nic Bishop’s Frogs

Wednesday, February 18, 2009.

Nic Bishop's FrogsAuthor: Nic Bishop (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Nic Bishop
Published: 2008 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439877555

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Don’t judge this Cybils 2008-2009 NonFiction Picture Book category winner by its cover.

This gorgeously photographed and casually narrated ramble through the often mindboggling traits, anatomy, actions, stats and abilities of the humble frog family will change your view of frogs forever.

Be sure to check out the complete list of 2008-09 Cybils winners in all nine categories.

HOTLINE VOICES: Librarian Peggy Northcraft believes that part of who she is as an adult, today, is because of the Anne of Green Gables series (by Lucy Maud Montgomery).  Be sure to listen to our documentary, Before Green Gables and the 100th anniversary of Anne Shirley.

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Captivating Conservation: Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World’s Rarest Creatures)

Saturday, February 7, 2009.

Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World's Rarest Creatures)Authors: Jonathan Baillie (on JOMB) and
Marilyn Baillie (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Maple Tree Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897349335

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Fabulous photos of scarce, strange and, often, sweet-looking animals and intimate glimpses of the young scientists who are working to save them make this exciting look at work of the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence Program an engaging introduction to the science of conservation.

HOTLINE VOICES: Mrs. Incredible talks about the poetic devotion she and her three year-old son share for A Light in the Attic (by Shel Silverstein).

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