The Magic of facing ourselves: Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers

Monday, July 31, 2006.

Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of WhispersAuthor: Lee Edward Fodi
Illustrator: Lee Edward Fodi
Published: 2005 Brown Books Publishing Group
ISBN: 1933285117

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This page-turning adventure packs a whollup of a lesson: what we fear most is the truth about ourselves. Luckily, as Mark points out, it also helps us discover the magic of facing that truth.

This cleverly crafted fantasy is full of magic, silliness, suspense and adventure and is an absolute hit with the little ones.

Funky Forgiveness: The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza

Saturday, July 29, 2006.

The Little Red Hen Makes a PizzaAuthor: Philemon Sturges
Illustrator: Amy Walrod
Published: 2002 Puffin
ISBN: 0142301892

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The colourful cut paper illustrations and the playful narrative make this funky, urban retelling of the Little Red Hen a hoot to read aloud.

Creativity, Character and Clutter: Cat Magic

Thursday, July 27, 2006.

Cat MagicAuthor: Loris Lesynski (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Loris Lesynski
Published: 1998 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550375326

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Don’t judge this book by its cover: the stars of this book are a fabulously spunky cat and a houseful of creativity, character and clutter. This refreshingly original book is bursting with tumbling rhyme, boisterous illustrations, and a deliciously happy ending.

Hear an interview with Loris Lesynski on Electric Sky.

Inspiring, Quiet Optimism: The Gardener

Monday, July 24, 2006.

The GardenerAuthor: Sarah Stewart
Illustrator: David Small
Published: 1997 Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374325170

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This inspiring story of accepting what is and quietly making a difference is told through a series of letters written by a young girl who is sent to New York City to stay with her uncle as a result of the Great Depression. The generous illustrations and cleverly written letters convey the story effectively enough to keep me choked up from cover to cover.

Our all time favourite: Petite Rouge, A Cajun Red Riding Hood

Thursday, July 20, 2006.

Author: Mike Artell
Illustrator: Jim Harris
Published: 2003 Puffin USA
ISBN: 0142500704

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A hilarious Cajun version of the traditional Red Riding Hood story. The illustrations are full of movement and emotion. The rhyming text is phonetically written in Cajun slang and is a riot to read aloud. This is our all time favourite.

SUMMARY: A spunky little girl-duck named “Petite Rouge” and her quick thinking cat, “TeJean”, take a pirogue across the swamp to bring gumbo and boudin to Petite’s sick “grand-mere”. They meet up with a gator named “Claude” and eventually outwit him with a quick, creative and final solution to his taste for people (people being ducks and cats).

A snappy emotional workout: Bill in a China Shop

Saturday, July 15, 2006.

Author: Katie McAllaster Weaver
Illustrator: Tim Raglin
Published: 2003 Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 1582349886

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In fewer than thirty pages of snappy rhyme, this perfectly illustrated book lurches our hearts through bliss, terror, relief, yearning, horror, sorrow, pity, disdain, triumph, gratitude and finally the comfort of friendship.

SUMMARY: A dapper bull with a passion for porcelain teacups finally gains entry to a China Shop and, when rudely rebuked by an intolerant clerk, inadvertently destroys most of the displayed wares. Three distinguished older ladies originally assume Bill is in the wrong but, based on Bill’s obvious remorse, quickly switch allegience and come to his defence with generosity and friendship.


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