Soul Tonic and Spoonerisms: If I Had a Million Onions

Friday, August 8, 2008.

If I Had a Million OnionsAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Yayo (Diego Herrera)
Published: 2005 Tradewind Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1896580785

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Tangy rainbow-fashioned sketches and popping, crackling, soaring, gliding rhyme make these sixty three pages of wordplay and warmth a poetry medley for all ages.

Pop over to Becky’s Book Reviews 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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Desert Zest: 52 Days By Camel (My Sahara Adventure)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

52 Days by CamelAuthor: Lawrie Raskin and Debora Pearson
Photographer: Lawrie Raskin
Published: 1998 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1554511364

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Passion sparked by childhood reading leads us through snow, salt, sandstorms, camel spit and souks in this eye opening introduction to the wonders of the Sahara and the sensational potential of curiosity and pluck.

More of the Arab World on JOMB:

If we sound slightly odd in this show, it’s because we recorded it during a live television appearance on Roger’s Daytime.

Bewitching Beginnings: How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet (Native American Animal Origin Stories)

Saturday, July 5, 2008.

How Chipmunk Got Tiny FeetAuthor: Gerald Hausman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Ashley Wolff (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Irie Books
ISBN: 0970911262

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Earthy, folk art and simple, friendly narrative intrigue and entertain us with seven traditional Coushatta, Tsimshian and Navajo tales of adventure, transformation, conflict and punishment.

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A Catchy Coral Chorus: Over in the Ocean (in a Coral Reef)

Friday, May 16, 2008.

Over in the Ocean ... in a Coral ReefAuthor: Marianne Berkes
Illustrator: Jeanette Canyon
Published: 2004 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584690623

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Brilliantly peppy polymer clay sculpture and enticing, educational details transform the traditional “Over in the Meadow” toddlers’ tune into a celebration of sea life that has captivated our whole family.

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You can learn more about 2008 International Year of the Reef here.

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Be sure to pop over to Two Writing Teachers for today’s full menu of poetry offerings.

Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Oh, Give Me A Home: Buffalo Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Buffalo MusicAuthor: Tracey Fern
Illustrator: Lauren Castillo
Published: 2008 Clarion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618723412

A feisty, self-aware pioneer woman, the man who knows and loves her and the coddling of a cabin full of beautiful baby bison — what more could a pet-deprived young reader ask for?

Based on the true story of Mary Ann Goodnight‘s determination to save the Texas buffalo and told with humour and a Texan twang, this is an inspiring story of hard work and simpler times.

You can read more about Mary Ann and Charles Goodnight here and here.

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Slime, Crime and Greediness: The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff

Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

The Three Fishing Brothers GruffAuthor: Ben Galbraith
Illustrator: Ben Galbraith
Published: 2007 Hodder & Stoughton (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0340893427

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Stubble, nastiness, dead fish and debris transform foul fishing tactics into a riveting affair in this gloriously disagreeable cautionary tale.

You can learn more about the real Poverty Bay (home of author/illustrator, Ben Galbraith) and Bay of Plenty here and here.

Monumental Humanity: The Clay Ladies

Friday, March 7, 2008.

The Clay LadiesAuthor: Michael Bedard (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Les Tait (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887765734

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Thoughtful, unhurried narrative and rich, enveloping art capture the clutter and compassion of two celebrated sculptors, a fledgling robin’s rescue and the birth of a life-changing friendship.

You can learn more about sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle here. Read about the recently published adult book, And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, here.

Aha! I found a photo of their studio church on Glenrose Avenue!

Of Lack and Levity: Up

Friday, February 15, 2008.

UpAuthor: Jim LaMarche (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jim LaMarche
Published: 2006 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811844455

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Dreamy, maritime seascapes and homespun charm are brushed lightly with a glimmer of the extraordinary in this magical story of sibling belittling and the delight of possibilities.

Other books mentioned:

  • Matilda

Of Songbirds and Suffrage: She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head

Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her HeadAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Catrow (on JOMB)
Published: 1995 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786811641

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Scowls, gasps and frowns abound in this surprisingly informative yet thoroughly entertaining account of the Audubon Society, its origins and its triumph over the silliness of the dead-bird fashion industry.

Other books mentioned:

  • The Ballot Box Battle

You can read more about John Audubon’s Bird’s of America here.

Sneaky, Cheeky, Catchy: Where in the Wild?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed ... and RevealedAuthor: David Schwartz & Yael Schy
Illustrator: Dwight Kuhn
Published: 2007 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1582462070

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Ten pleasantly familiar animals perch boldly exposed — yet cleverly concealed — in full page photographs tossing tantalizing clues to their whereabouts through an assortment of snappy, lyrical, comical and informative poems in this 2007 Cybils Non-Fiction Picture Book Award Finalist.

Click here for the Tricycle Press Reading Guide.

Pop over to Cybils Central to get the scoop on all the 2007 Cybils finalists and, while you’re there, check out the full list of non-fiction picture book nominees.

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.

 
 

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