January 3, 2012

Edition #4:  Some Winter Books to Warm Your Heart!

Book 1:

Owl Moon

By Jane Yolen    Illustrated by John Schoenherr  (1987)
Available in Hardcover and Audiobook (MP3 – unabridged)

This beautiful and timeless classic picture book won the Caldecott Medal in 1988.  The story begins as a father and his daughter set out for an evening walk in the cold, snowy woods in search of the great Horned Owl.  The imagery in the text is as lovely as the magical illustrations themselves.  It is a story about the wonders of nature and of making memories with our children.  There is also an underlying message of patience and hope.  The watercolor illustrations are soft and silvery snowy… beautiful!  This is a book that my children and I read together again and again, lending itself to many different avenues of discussion.

Other books by Jane Yolen:
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye

Book 2:

Red Sled

Written and Illustrated by Lita Judge  (2011)
Available in Hardcover and NOOK Book e-reader

Red Sled is a darling, delightful new book.  The mostly wordless text works well with the words that are actually written, begging to be read aloud… “schrinch scrunch schrinch scrunch”!  You can feel the joy and exuberance of the animals as they bounce around in the snowy woods on the borrowed red sled.  The excitement of their adventure is contagious!  The illustrations are whimsical, bold watercolors, capturing the faces of the animals perfectly.  This is sure to become one of your favorite winter tales.

Lita Judge has a gorgeous picture book due to be released on March 13, 2012 titled,
Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying And Why.  Be sure to check it out!

Book 3:

The Snowy Day:  50th Anniversary Edition

Written and Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
Special 50th Anniversary Edition is available in Hardcover (Original editions are available in Hardcover, Paperback, Audio CD with Paperback, NOOK Book e-reader)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this true classic picture book!  Back in 1962, a boy named Peter put on a snowsuit and stepped out into the snowy day.  He also stepped into our hearts becoming one of the most beloved picture books of all time.  Ezra Jack Keats uses bold colors and sparse text to tell this sweet story of Peter’s adventurous day in the snow.  The Snowy Day transformed picture book art, with Keats being the first to portray an African-American child, capturing a new look and feel from any other picture books at that time, winning the Caldecott Medal in 1963.  This special oversized edition has eight bonus pages of material.  I can still remember the very day that this book was read to me as a young girl.  This special edition is sure to be a collected treasure for any child’s library.

On a side note:  The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, located in Amherst, MA, will be featuring an upcoming exhibition of art by Ezra Jack Keats.  It is scheduled from June 26-October 14, 2012.  For more information go to www.carlemuseum.org

Also available by Ezra Jack Keats:
Whistle For Willie
Over In The Meadow
Peter’s Chair

Book 4:

A Stranger In The Woods:  A Photographic Fantasy

Written by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick   Photographed by Carl R. Sams and Carl R. Sams II (2000)
Available in Hardcover, Large Edition Classroom Paperback, and Read Along CD Soundtrack that also features music.

I wanted to include this picture book, especially, because of the feature of photographs instead of the more traditional watercolor, pen, ink renderings of most picture books.  I love the idea of exposing children to all different types of mediums within art and these beautiful photographs will enchant children and adults alike.  The story is of the animals in the forest who notice a stranger has appeared in their midst.  Who is he?  Why did he arrive after the snowstorm?  The tale of the reactions of the animals is engrossing, making you feel present within the story.  There are also plush characters that you can purchase to go along with the story, and even an award winning DVD, directed by Laura Sams (2003).

Also available by Sams and Stoick:
First Snow In The Woods
Lost In The Woods
Tea With Lady Sapphire
When Snowflakes Fall (Board Book)
Winter Friends (Board Book)
Find My Friends  (Board Book)


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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2 Responses to January 3, 2012

  1. Caitlin Stacy says:

    I need to read Red Sled and Stranger in the Woods. Both of those sound like they are perfect to use in speech therapy.

  2. Yes, I have a couple of other ones that I saw a speech therapist said she used for a certain speech problem in therapy. I wrote them down for you and will go book shopping with you next time you are home! Love you!

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