Monday, June 23, 2014

Picture This: Seasons, Songbirds, and Shadows

Seasons by Blexbolex
Enchanted Lion Books
4/1/10 | $22.95

A stunning book exploring the cycle of the seasons, the passage of time, the way people live, play, forget and remember. Through objects, places and actions, the world is revealed as both permanent and ever-changing.

From the moment you pick up this book, you will be sucked into its beautiful illustrations with their rich, textured colors and retrospective look at the seasons all around us. Each page stands in juxtaposition to each other taking you on a journey through a year of seasons and everything that comes with them. This timeless picture book is one that will captivate its readers for years to come.

Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey
Simply Read Books
1/26/14 | $17.95

The wind is missing! Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it.

Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere. In the end, she finds more than her favorite friend--she finds confidence too!

Lindsey Yankey's beautiful patchwork art and storytelling is enthralling and wonderful. Follow a little bluebird in search of her friend, the wind. She flies all over town looking for signs that her friend has been there but never discovered her. Just when she almost gives up, she thinks of one last place and reconnects with her hiding friend. It's a story of determination and love that everyone will enjoy.

The Dark by Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Little Brown BFYR
4/2/14 | $16.99

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo.Laszlo lives in a house. The dark lives in the basement.One night, the dark comes upstairs to Laszlo's room, and Laszlo goes down to the basement.This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

There isn't much more that needs to be said that the few words on the cover don't. I mean, it's Lemony Snicket, arguably one of the leading authors in books for young readers, and Jon Klassen, one of the best illustrators and storytellers of children's picture books, collaborating in a story about facing and overcoming fears. In Laszlo's case, the dark terrifies him. As the sun goes down, the dark creeps up slowly trapping him in his nightlight lit room. It isn't until he braves the dark, flashlight in hand, that he faces the dark and learns it isn't so scary after all.

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