Don’t Dis Diversity: Silly Tilly

Friday, April 24, 2009.

Silly TillyAuthor: Eileen Spinelli (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Slonim (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761455256

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Rhyming triplets and edge-to-edge smile-inducing illustrations follow the carefree foolishness of an unconventional goose and remind us to savour the spice of life.

More independent thinkers on JOMB:

Pop over to Under The Covers 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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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.

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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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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.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

If you are feasting this holiday week, Bon Appétit!

Tending and Tenderness: Before You Were Here, Mi Amor

Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

Before You Were Here, Mi AmorAuthor: Samantha Vamos (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Santiago Cohen (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Viking (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670063010

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Generously speckled with spanish phrases and illustrated in homey hot oranges, pinks and golds, this intimate account of a family’s industrious wait for a new baby radiates pure joy.

HOTLINE VOICES: A young reviewer tells us about her favourite book, The Borrowers (by Mary Norton)

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Flow and Freedom: Journey to the River Sea

Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Author: Eva Ibbotson (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 033039715X

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Today, our 9 year old daughter, Lucy, tells us why she absolutely adores this beautifully written and inspiring Amazon adventure.

Click here to listen to our chat with Eva Ibbotson on her 83rd birthday.

Other beloved books by Eva Ibbotson:

Click here for other Eva Ibbotson book reviews by Lucy and click here to see the postcard Eva sent to Lucy and Bayla earlier this year in response to their 84th birthday cards.

LISTENER HOTLINE: Chuck Stanley enjoys sharing his childhood love of Fox in Socks (by Dr. Seuss) with his own children.

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Open to More: A Penguin Story

Friday, March 13, 2009.

A Penguin StoryAuthor: Antoinette Portis (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Antoinette Portis
Published: 2009 HarperCollins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0061456888

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Delightfully expressive body language and the thrill of missed details make this artfully simple-seeming tale an endearing adventure in determination, imagination and belief in the unimaginable.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Melitsa Avila shares her love of a British classic, Each Peach Pear Plum (by Janet and Allan Ahlberg).

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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:

More dogs on JOMB:

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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Meet The Parents, Pondside: The Frog Princess

Saturday, February 14, 2009.

The Frog PrincessAuthor: Rosalind Allchin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Rosalind Allchin
Published: 2001 KidsCan Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1553375262

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even the most wonderful romance can come with the challenge of fitting in with in-laws. This fabulously illustrated twist on The Frog Prince treats us to an entertaining string of slip-ups and scandals as a starry-eyed frog samples life in the Royal Family.

More frogs on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Karen Alonge‘s Valentines contribution is about a mysterious love letter with a twist in Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch (by Eileen Spinelli and Paul Yalowitz).

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So, what are your favourite renditions of The Frog Prince? Leave us a message in the comments, below.

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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Woolly’s Got His Number: Mammoth Pie

Saturday, January 24, 2009.

Mammoth PieAuthor: Jeanne Willis (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706594

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Comedic visual details and snappy, cumulative verse remind us that cunning and co-operation can’t compensate for a grossly underestimated opponent in this hilarious account of six scrawny cavemen and their quest for Ice Age tourtière.

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And, what do you know, it’s the exact same story as our Just One More Book! theme song “Woolly Mammoth”, compliments of Robert Farrell.

 
 

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