Up to Seven, 2010 List
Support and friendship play key roles in three quiet stories for beginning readers. The pencil and watercolor illustrations lend to the playfulness of Houndsley and Catina as they discover new activities.
Sepia-toned close-up photographs of faces—young and old, radiant and wistful, dark-skinned and light—accompany Hughes' classic poem, a spirited celebration of his people.
With a plot and illustrations reminiscent of the best classic picture books, the readers will be drawn into this story by the gentle "putt puff puttedy chuff" of Otis the tractor and won't want to be pulled back out at the end.
Exuberant illustrations help to tell a rollicking, read-it-aloud, tongue-twister of a tale as a cheerful baby floats joyfully above the town, safely surrounded by the bubble big sister Mabel blew.
Deer knows that winter brings snow, but Squirrel, who hasn’t seen it yet, skips hibernation to wait for it. Squirrel, Hedgehog, and Bear all search and find what they think is snow, delighting young listeners as the flakes finally arrives.
The very essence of kittenhood, caught in mid-action! Pairs of rhyming descriptors accompany each Posy-pose, while vibrant watercolors in tan, brown, orange, and white stripes accentuate her cat-ness on each creamy blank page.