November 1, 2011


Book 1:

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

By Philip C. Stead    Illustrations by Erin E. Stead  (2010)

Available in Hardcover.

I chose to feature this book, not only because it is a darling story, but also because it was the recipient winner of the Caldecott Medal for 2011.  The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19th century illustrator Randolph Caldecott.  The American Library Association awards it annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The awarded picture book of a child’s birth year makes a special gift.

In this sweet tale of friendship, zookeeper Amos McGee gets the sniffles and must stay home, keeping him from his duties and animal friends at the zoo.  The kindness of his animal friends comes through as they ride the bus to see Amos to take care of their friend, just as in the same ways he has taken care of them.  Illustrator Erin E. Stead uses delicate woodblock prints and fine pencil work to create the expressive illustrations.  It is the perfect book for teaching kindness and friendship.  And a perfect story when your little one has a “sniff-ly” day!

Book 2:

Duck, Duck, Goose

Written and Illustrated by Tad Hills (2007)

Available in Hardcover and eReader.

Even though this isn’t exactly a newly published book, (like I promised to feature), it is newly published as an eBook to be downloaded and read on your eReader device.  Yes… I LOVE books!!  I love the feel, and smell, and crack of the spine.  However, realistically, books are being read more and more on an eReader.  I think it is good to have a variety of formats and sometimes having a book on your eReader is very handy while sitting and waiting wherever you might be.

In this darling book, (A follow up to Duck & Goose), Duck and Goose are the very best of friends.  That is, until Duck’s new friend, Thistle, arrives.  Duck thinks his new friend is wonderful, but Goose is not so sure.  In this cute, humorous tale Duck and Goose learn that sharing your best friend isn’t always easy.  This is a perfect book to read when talking about friendship and relationships.

Other books by Tad Hills:
Duck & Goose
Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling?
Duck & Goose, It’s Time For Christmas
How Rocket Learned To Read

Book 3:

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

By Don and Audrey Wood    Illustrated by Don Wood  (1984)

Available in Hardcover, Paperback, Board Book, and Paper Classroom Edition.

This was one of my own children’s favorite stories when they were little.  The thought process of how the Little Mouse is going to secure the Red Ripe Strawberry… and keep it for himself to eat, is absolutely darling.  The pictures show the emotions on Little Mouse’s face as he is trying to think of his options.  He even disguises the Red Ripe Strawberry at one point, to keep the Big Hungry Bear from getting to the strawberry, which would always send my kids into fits of giggles.  We never even actually see the Big Hungry Bear… and there is no real scare factor, but rather just a sense of urgency on Little Mouse’s part.  In the end, the lesson of sharing comes through and you cheer for Little Mouse’s resourceful thinking.  This is a book you can read again and again.  It is one I highly recommend for a short, sweet story with a happy ending.

Other books by Don and Audrey Wood:
The Napping House
Quick As A Cricket
Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear
Piggie Pie Po

Book 4:

You’re All My Favorites

By Sam McBratney    Illustrated by Anita Jeram  (2004)

Available in Hardcover, Board Book, Hardcover DVD/CD Audio, Paperback DVD/CD Audio.

This is the perfect book to share with a group of little siblings!  When Mommy and Daddy Bear tuck their three sweet baby bears in at night, they tell them they are all their favorite bears.  The baby bears start to wonder… do Mommy and Daddy have a real favorite of the three?  Mommy and Daddy Bear express the specialness of each of their little bears and help them understand how they are each special in their own way.  The illustrations are absolutely beautiful!  Each bear has a unique look, yet still similar quality just like a in a family.  This is a book that you will treasure and read over again and again!

Other books by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram:
Guess How Much I Love You
Guess How Much I Love You (Pop-up)
Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round


About picturebooklook

Hello picture book enthusiasts! I am the mother of 3 twenty-something children and became a grandmother for the first time in early 2012. I have had an affection for picture books for almost as long as I can remember. I have acquired a treasured collection from when my children were young. I have never lost my fondness for them! I have worked in the Children's department of my local Barnes & Noble for the last 10 years. Each month I hope to feature a new picture book review, along with a classic picture book. The fact is, these books are true works of art! The stories are simple, sweet lines, that often stay with us into our adult lives. This blog is dedicated to Danielle Catherine and all of my future grandchildren, and also to all of you who love the beauty of picture books as much as I do!
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4 Responses to November 1, 2011

  1. Yep, you blogged my favorite! I love the big hungry bear!

  2. Meg G says:

    These all look great! LOVE the illustrations on the covers! Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

  3. Thanks Meg! It’s actually difficult to narrow down the ones I want to feature… lots of beauties out there!

  4. Jeannie says:

    Enjoying the blog — keep it up. Had not seen the duck duck goose one!….

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