Stuck on Classics: Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist

Wednesday, November 12, 2008.

Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist Author: Ruth Spiro (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Thor Wickstrom (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0525478612

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Celebrated works of art pop up in the silliest of circumstances in this cleverly illustrated tale of a frustrated young artist in search of his niche.

Also mentioned in the discussion is Museum ABC published by The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

More adventures in The Arts on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Illustrator Kelly Murphy for reminding us about the classic book The Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson).

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A Bear in War

Monday, November 10, 2008.

It’s November 8, 2008, three days before the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I. A crowd has gathered in a big hall in the Canadian War Museum. Among the historic military machines on exhibit is a small glass display case, one foot by one foot, set atop a narrow pedestal. In the display case is “Teddy”, a child’s stuffed toy.

The crowd is here to celebrate the launch of the book A Bear in War, written by Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat and illustrated by Brian Deines. In the book, “Teddy”, that stuffed toy on display in the museum, tells the true story of a family affected by World War I; Lt. Lawrence Browning Rogers, his wife Janet May Weaver Rogers and their two children Aileen and Howard.

MUSIC: Poor James from the CD Tractor Parts: Further Adventures in Strang by Zubot and Dawson.

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As an experiment, we’ve created a video/slideshow version of this edition of Just One More Book!! The video can be viewed on our website; it is not included in our RSS subscription feed. The audio version of the program is available, as usual, at the bottom of this post. We’d appreciate your feedback.

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

What do you think of read-a-thons?

Saturday, November 8, 2008.

Read-a-thons are a common tool used by schools and literacy organizations to motivate children to read. In fact, the school that our two daughters attend has an annual read-a-thon and their summer camp acknowledged reading achievements.

On this edition, we reflect on our own reading experiences as children and consider the impact of read-a-thons now that we’re parents. Listen in as we wonder aloud about the effectiveness of read-a-thons, ways in which we can motivate children to love reading and the importance of preschool emphasis on language, pre-literacy and a love of reading.

Links to resources mentioned:

HOTLINE VOICES: Illustrator Holly Dewolf explains why The Stinky Cheese Man (by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith) is her favourite book.

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Do you include war & peace in your young children’s reading?

Saturday, November 8, 2008.

What We RememberOk. The KidLit Comment Challenge is well underway and we’re just not getting enough attention, so we’ve decided to fish for comments. (is begging allowed??)

Leave us a comment to let us know:

  • Do you include war & peace in your young children’s reading?
  • If not, why not?
  • If you do, why? Which books on war and peace do you recommend?

You can find some of our favourite books on war and peace themes here.

Come on! Talk to us!

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Warmth, Waiting & Woolly Friends: A New Coat for Anna

Friday, November 7, 2008.

A New Coat for AnnaAuthor: Harriet Ziefert (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Anita Lobel (on JOMB)
Published: 1986 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0394898613

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Soothing images and clear, generous text allow us to follow the year-long creation of an overdue winter coat in this true tale of patience, resourcefulness and the quiet optimism of a community emerging from war.

Other books mentioned:

Looking for a lighter look at lamb-based clothing? Read Amos’s Sweater.

HOTMAIL VOICES: Author, illustrator, designer Peggy Collins shares her enthusiasm for Too Many Toys by David Shannon.

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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.

More books about war and peace on JOMB:

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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Richard Michelson on the 19th Annual Children’s Illustration Show

Monday, November 3, 2008.

On November 16, The Richard Michelson Gallery will host it’s 19th annual Children’s Illustration Show.  The event which is open to the public coincides with the launch of a new exhibit of children’s picture book art and attracts some of the biggest names in the industry.  And this year, Just One More Book is going to be there.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!,  author, poet and gallery owner Richard Michelson walks Mark through the origins of the Children’s Illustration Show, who will be there this year and what people who attend can expect.

This discussion sets up a series of audio and video podcasts we expect to publish that will cover the Just One More Book!! experience as we travel through Connecticut on our way to the Richard Michelson Gallery’s 19th annual Children’s Illustration Show in Northampton Massachusetts — the unofficial centre of the children’s book industry.

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photo: www.rmichelson.com/RMichelson_Galleries.html

Mettle, Mitvah & Remembrance: The Diary of Laura’s Twin

Saturday, November 1, 2008.

The Diary of Laura's Twin (A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers)Author: Kathy Kacer (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897187394

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Musings and melodrama of a modern twelve year old, careful chronicling of a young prisoner of the Warsaw Ghetto and dozens of potent photographs stitch together the present and the past in this engaging and educational look at bullying, bigotry and backbone.

Other books mentioned:

HOTLINE VOICES: Thank you to a former education instructor at University of Victoria for sharing her high opinion of Shimmerdogs (by Dianne Linden).

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November 2-9th, 2008 is the 28th Annual Holocaust Education Week. Coordinated by the Holocaust Centre of Toronto, UJA Federation, the event will offer more than 100 timely and thought-provoking educational and cultural programs, including a series of compelling, first-hand testimonies from survivors. For more information, click here.



 
 

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