Death Defying, Doubted Deeds: Marco Polo

Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

Marco PoloAuthor: Demi  (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Demi
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761454330

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It’s hard to believe that fifty-six pages of 700 year old travel details could consistently engross two seven and nine year old girls. Hard to believe, but, in the case of this beautifully illustrated and mesmerizing window to the world, nothing but the truth.

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You can read more about the veracity debate over Marco Polo’s incredulous journey here.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener tells us about a book loved by both herself and son, the rhythmic and rhyming Bear Wants More (by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman).

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

Thanks to our daughter Lucy (9) for contributing the title of this post.

Hands-on Holiday Helping: Give A Goat

Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

Give A GoatAuthor: Jan West-Schrock (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Aileen Darragh (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Tilbury House Publishers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0884483010

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Friendly, conversational narrative and breezy humour-splashed illustrations take us from the book-triggered birth of the goat-giving idea, through brainstorming, planning, implementation, bookkeeping and celebration in this inspiring, true tale of fifth graders who decided to make a difference.

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You can learn more about books that help children see the power and possibility of relatively small, tangible gestures, by listening to (or reading) Andrea’s contribution to Vivian Vasquez’s CLIP Podcast, here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Daniel Johnson Jr. (blog and podcast) and his daughter, Keisha, help make it a great day by sharing one of their favourite books, Judy Blume‘s Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great.

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

Poetry of Motion: Silent Music (A Story of Baghdad)

Saturday, November 29, 2008.

 Silent Music (A Story of Baghdad)Author: James Rumford
Illustrator: James Rumford
Published: 2008 Roaring Book Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596432764

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Loops, dots, masts and curves glide gracefully across exotically patterned images of football, friends and family as a young Iraqi contemplates practice, peace and beauty.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Musician and father Curtis Harnanan shares his love for An Island Christmas (by Lynn Joseph and Catherine Stock)

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A Roving Rover: Owney the Mail-Pouch Pooch

Saturday, November 15, 2008.

Owney the Mail-Pouch PoochAuthor: Mona Kerby (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lynne Barasch (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374356858

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Neither wind nor rain nor the dog-catchers of Quebec can keep the unofficial mascot of the America Railway Mail Service from crisscrossing the continent and, eventually, the globe in this surprising but true tale of a nineteenth century Littlest Hobo.

You can read more about Owney here.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author Linda Collison shares a recent favourite, Newbery Award winner Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village (written by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Robert Byrd).

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Makes No Difference Who You Are: Wish (Wishing Traditions Around the World)

Friday, November 14, 2008.

Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the WorldAuthor: Roseanne Thong (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elisa Kleven (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811857166

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Splashing, soaring, leaping and dreaming, gorgeously detailed watercolour and collage illustrations whisk us into the midst of vivid wishing traditions across the globe in this beautiful reminder of our universal desires.

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Illustrator Chris Forrest for sharing two of her favourites, Make Way for Ducklings (by Robert McCloskey), The Sky is Falling on Henny Penny (by Marie Schubert).

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Ritual, Respect, Regret & Reflection: The Unknown Soldier

Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

The Unknown SoldierAuthor: Linda Granfield (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 043993558X

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Accessible narrative, detailed annotations and a thought-provoking collection of photographs, postcards, pins and poems shed light on the ceremony, symbolism, chronology and controversy commemorating our global family’s losses to war.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author Alison McGhee shares the reasons why Swiss Family Robinson (by Johann D. Wyss) is one of her childhood favourites.

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Jeers, Cheers and Jeera: Treasure For Lunch

Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

Treasure for LunchAuthor: Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrator: Yvonne Cathcart
Published: 2000 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1896764320

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Bhajias, samosas and imaginative snowy play are front and centre in this appetizing tale of friendship, acceptance and the perceived risk of being seen as different.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to editor/author Sandhya Nankani for telling us about Divali Rose (by Vashanti Rahaman and Jamel Akib).

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Of Horror and Heroism: The Donkey of Gallipoli (A True Story of Courage in World War I)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

The Donkey of Gallipoli (A True Story of Courage in World War I)Author: Mark Greenwood (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Frané Lessac (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763639133

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Deceptively simple looking folk art illustrations, uncluttered narration and sparse, intimate utterings deliver some of the dark, disturbing details of war in this eye-opening, true tale of courage, carnage and camaraderie.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Bobby (a grade two teacher in Phoenix, AZ) describes a difference of opinion between he and his fiancée (a grade one teacher) and asks the question, what is the best way to read books to a group of children?

Fear-free Flying: The Noisy Airplane Ride

Friday, September 26, 2008.

The Noisy Airplane RideAuthor: Mike Downs
Illustrator: David Gordon
Published: 2003 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1582461570

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Whirrrs, roars, thuds, clunks and dings are exposed as the expected soundtrack of a safe and exciting flight in this warm and reassuring, rhyming adventure.

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This episode is dedicated to our friends and fellow children’s literature authors, illustrators and enthusiasts all over North America who at this very moment are boarding planes, trains and automobiles en route to the Second Annual KidLit Conference in Portland, Oregon. Have a FABULOUS time!

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Kristen Chase of Motherhood Uncensored and Cool Mom Picks in Atlanta, Georgia shares her thoughts on a Canadian Classic: The Paper Bag Princess (by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko). Thanks, Kristen!

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Slapstick Mapwork: The Scrambled States of America Talent Show

Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

The Scrambled States of America Talent ShowAuthor: Laurie Keller (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
Published: 2008 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805079971

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Gaffes, guffaws and gargantuan grins explode from page after page of frantic action as fifty fervent American states peel themselves from cartographical slumber and paint the town.

As a Canadian, I’m not embarrassed to admit that I learned more about U.S. geography and statehood history from these forty pages of tumult, tables and talent than I ever learned in school.

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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.

You can read more about Tenochtitlán and Aztec gods here and here.

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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.

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

 
 

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