Up to Seven, 2011 List
Flora longs to rid herself of pesky little brother Crispin, but when she gets the perfect opportunity, will she really want to say goodbye? The swirling, tumbling ink, watercolor, and pastel illustrations skillfully embody the whirlwind of sibling emotions.
Dun-colored Goldilocks inhabits an ashy urban neighborhood while the bears live in a colorfully manicured one. Caught trespassing in their upscale turf, the now thoroughly golden-tressed girl flees to her sketchy neighborhood into her mother's arms.
A little boy's questions become more pointed as Mommy's tummy becomes rounder. Retro cartoon illustrations mix with delicate contemporary scenes to highlight what big brother imagines about the new arrival.
Meet the elephant, “powerful, yet delicate as lace,” the panda, “a bear in silk pajamas,” and twelve other wild animals that come to life through colorful verse and bold watercolor and woodcut illustrations.
Just like wild animal babies—the panda and the penguin, the orangutan and the otter—a tiny human child drifts off to sleep while a loving parent asks, “Where's my sleepy baby?” A warm and rhythmic story to read at bedtime.
An accidental invitation to a royal birthday party has poor but resourceful Jack bargaining his meager possessions for cake ingredients fit for a princess. In route, however, he encounters folkloric gluttons that deconstruct his gift leaving only a “story” fit for a royal ear.
A worm, a mole, and a dog all try to dissuade Roslyn, a rabbit, from digging a hole to the South Pole . . . but matter-of-fact Dad gently supports his determined daughter. Torn paper illustrations float through lots of white space, the perfect combination for this firmly grounded fantasy.
Vibrant pages of colorful animals created with heart shapes illustrate a playful rhyme that imagines how love can be many different things: eager as a beaver, steady as a yak, or silly as a seal. A preschool story time gem.