Rules, Rudeness & Rivalry: Little Sister and the Month Brothers

Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

Little Sister and the Month BrothersAuthor: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Margot Tomes (on JOMB)
Published: 1976 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780761455462

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With its chatty narrative, droll dialogue and playfully illustrated play-by-play, this plucky retelling of the traditional Slavic tale is practically bound theatre.

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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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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.

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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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Marryin’ into Money: Smoky Mountain Rose (An Appalachian Cinderella)

Friday, February 13, 2009.

Smoky Mountain Rose (An Appalachian Cinderella)Author: Alan Schroeder (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Brad Sneed (on JOMB)
Published: 1997 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0140566732

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Fierce, phonetically written slang and softly stretched, fish-eye illustrations make this twangin’ twist on the traditional tale a thrill for listeners and read-aloud hams alike — rump-blisterin’ and all!

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HOTLINE VOICES: Melitsa Avila captures the essence of a book that both she and her son love, Too Many Toys (by David Shannon).

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Reading Romance: The Storytelling Princess

Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

The Storytelling PrincessAuthor: Rafe Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142500852

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Zest for life, heaps of books and double twists that tingle time after time, this newfangled fairy tale serves a thrilling mix of stormy seas, storytelling, romance and strong-willed women.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author and New York Times columnist, Mike Winerip explains why Stargirl (by Jerry Spinelli) is one of his current favourite books.

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Choosing Love over Luxury: Ella’s Big Chance (A Jazz-Age Cinderella)

Friday, February 6, 2009.

Ella's Big ChanceAuthor: Shirley Hughes (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
Published: 2003 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0689873999

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Rife with bobs, crops and cloche hats, beads, bangles and silk, this refreshing Roaring Twenties rendition of the traditional tale swaps the wincing minion for a spunky, talented and unflapperishly curvy Cinderella who, like another C-character we’ll all be watching this weekend, understands that we really don’t want everything we want.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Maddy Lau of Styling with Renee Michelle shares her memories of The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint Exupéry).

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Flimflam Flawlessness: The Empty Pot

Wednesday, January 14, 2009.

The Empty PotAuthor: Demi (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Demi
Published: 1990 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805082271

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This delicately illustrated tale of integrity and patience invites us to examine the perplexing pervasiveness of professed perfection.

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Of Fibre and Friendship: The Story Blanket

Wednesday, December 17, 2008.

The Story BlanketAuthor: Ferida Wolff (on JOMB), Harriet May Savitz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elena Odriozola (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Peachtree Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706942

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Sparingly sprinkled with plump, porcelain people, folky knitwear and hushed goodwill, this gentle tale of creativity and compassion feels just like a cozy winter classic.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Toni Patten shares a few of her family’s favourites including anything by Dr. Seuss, poetry books by Shel Silverstein, and books Goodnight Moon and There’s a Monster in My Closet.

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Frightfully Fascinating: Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave

Friday, October 31, 2008.

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the BraveAuthor: Marianna Mayer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: K. Y. Craft (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688085008

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Dark, detailed and delightfully distasteful, this splendid version of the gruesome Russian Cinderella folktale has thrilled and enthralled our girls for years.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author Valerie Hobbs for telling us about one of her childhood favourites, The Owl and the Pussycat.

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Idol Ambition: The Fisherman and the Turtle

Wednesday, August 13, 2008.

The Fisherman and the TurtleAuthor: Eric Kimmel (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Martha Avilés (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453873

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Cheery, stylized illustrations and friendly, informal narration breath new life into this traditional tale of fish, wishes and contentment.

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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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Of Vice and Mensch: Such A Prince

Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

Such A PrinceAuthor: Dan Bar-el (on JOMB)
Illustrator: John Manders (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Clarion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618714685

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Tabloid-style coverage, Looney-Toonesque illustrations and the feisty narration of a bohemian godmother transform the traditional tending of a love-sick princess into a comical read-again caper.

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Picking Your Pace: The Painted Chest

Saturday, June 14, 2008.

The Painted ChestAuthor: Judith Christine Mills (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Judith Christine Mills
Published: 2007 Key Porter Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 155263809X

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Windswept bleakness and ceaseless toil surrender to light hearts and lushness as this beautifully illustrated allegory reminds us to make time for music, beauty and the nourishment of our souls.

Beware of the Barrenness of a Busy Life — Socrates

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