Earned Learning: Ruby’s Wish

Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

Ruby's WishAuthor: Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811834905

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The hush of dependable peaches and greens gently gives way to a crescendo of red in this thoughtfully unfolding, true story of a young girl with a dream — and the patient, respectful cracking of cultural constraints that made her dream come true.

You can help make a dream come true today by joining the effort to provide schooling and stability for autistic children in China. To learn more click here.

Cybil Resistance: Go To Bed, Monster!

Friday, January 4, 2008.

Go to Bed, Monster!Author: Natasha Wing
Illustrator: Sylvie Kantorovitz
Published: 2007 Harcourt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152057757

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Featuring playful, childlike drawings, imaginary adventure and the familiar ping-pong interaction of every stall tactic in the book, this 2007 Cybils Award Finalist turns the tables on the theatrical endurance test we call “bedtime”.

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Be sure to check out the freshly announced list of Fiction Picture Book Finalists for The 2007 Cybils Awards here. And stay tuned — the finalists in the Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Non-Fiction MG/YA and Young Adult Novels categories of The 2007 Cybils Awards will be announced in three short days!

Power, Paint and Restraint: The Araboolies of Liberty Street

Saturday, September 29, 2007.

The Araboolies of Liberty StreetAuthor: Sam Swope
Illustrator: Barry Root
Published: 2001 Farrar, Straus & Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374303908

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Stagnant submissiveness meets infectious effervescence in this rousing exploration of supremacy, perspective and the power of partnership.

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Let Them Eat Lima Beans: Greedyanna

Saturday, September 22, 2007.

GreedyannaGreedyannaAuthor: Frank Remkiewicz
Illustrator: Frank Remkiewicz
Published: Lothrop, Lee & Shephard Books
ISBN: 0688102956 Alibris.com

Full of understated humour and told from the perspective of a disgruntled older brother, this hilarious tale of family forbearance gives fresh meaning to the “It’s just a phase” refrain.

Sadly, this is another wonderful book which has fallen out of print. I hope your library has a copy.

You can read about the quote “Let them eat cake!” here.

Reflection, Connection & Affection: Mama’s Saris

Friday, September 14, 2007.

Mama's SarisAuthor: Pooja Makhijani
Illustrator: Elena Gomez
Published: 2007 Little Brown And Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316011053

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Wrapped in crimson, green and gold, this warmly worded and richly illustrated account of motherly love shares a glimpse of the caring and compromise that can make minutes meaningful.

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Listener Submitted Reviews #12

Saturday, May 19, 2007.

In this episode, we play two Listener Submitted Reviews:

Many thanks to Sage and Bayla for participating in JOMB, to Karen and Gwen for leaving us audio comments and to those of you who have sent us feedback via email and have spread the JOMB word in your own circles. We really appreciate your support.

Listeners who submit reviews before May 30, 2007 will be entered in a draw to win an autographed copy of The Call to Shakabaz.

If you would like to share your thoughts on a favourite children’s book, please send your review as an MP3 file in email to justonemorebook@gmail.com, phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487), or send your text review in email.

Taste and Tolerance: Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon

Friday, May 11, 2007.

Herb, the Vegetarian DragonAuthor: Jules Bass
Illustrator: Debbie Harter
Published: 2001 Barefoot Books
ISBN: 1905236476

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Crackling with colour and humourous detail, this stimulating fairy tale catapults a kingdom from peer-pressure and pillaging to peaceful co-existence.

Here‘s what the folks at Teaching and Learning for Peace have to say about this book.

Caring to Compromise: The Outside Dog

Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

The Outside DogAuthor: Charlotte Pomerantz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jennifer Plecas (on JOMB)
Published: 1995 Harper Collins
ISBN: 0064441873

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It’s not often that an early reader turns the whole family to putty, but this simple story of a grandfather with the strength to bend does just that time after time. If you can put up with all the gushing and cooing we do in this review, you’ll be all set for the response of your little one!

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