Recognizing Rivalry: Zelda and Ivy

Saturday, April 28, 2007.

Zelda and IvyAuthor: Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky
Illustrator: Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky
Published: 2002 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)

Through a cunning combination of body language and dialogue, these candid stories shed light on the confusion and comradery of the social experiment we call “siblinghood”.

Books mentioned: Zelda and Ivy and the Boy Next Door
Podcasts mentioned: Desperate Husbands

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A Boy’s Eye View: The Ring Bear

Friday, April 6, 2007.

The Ring BearAuthor: David Michael Slater
Illustrator: S. G. Brooks
Published: 2004 Flashlight Press
ISBN: 0972922512

Funky illustrations, full of action and emotion, contrast the frustration of an imaginative young boy with the misinterpreted ‘reality’ of his mom’s impending marriage. It’s a palpable reminder of the power of perception — but our daughters come back for the laughs.

Sibling Solidarity: Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big

Friday, November 17, 2006.

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed BigAuthor: Berkeley Breathed
Illustrator: Berkeley Breathed
Published: 2003 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316144258

Packed with action and emotion and carried by catapulting rhyme, this hilariously original story reminds us that caring siblings are gifts to be treasured.

We’re thankful for the caring sibling we have!

Two thankful Canadians wish you a safe & happy Thanksgiving season, wherever you are.

Cousins in Cahoots: Too Many Tamales

Friday, September 15, 2006.

Too Many TamalesAuthor: Gary Soto
Illustrator: Ed Martinez
Published: 2002 Puffin USA
ISBN: 0698114124

Family harmony, humour and suspense make this beautifully illustrated story of collaboration and forgiveness a real hit.

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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.


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