Seven to Ten, 2011 List
Does Dwight’s paper finger puppet, Origami Yoda, have mystical powers, or does it merely allow Dwight to use a funny voice? Tommy has his own ulterior motive for wanting the truth as he investigates his classmates’ comments.
With striking collages constructed of natural and manmade materials, Baker binds two wordless books into one that follows the progress of an Australian and a Moroccan family simultaneously going to their markets. A hand-woven carpet connects the stories.
Astonishing photographs from around the world and text on two levels capture the secret lives of lizards. Bishop’s lively afterword describing his methods will surely ignite curiosity and sharpen the eyes of young scientists.
In the last two games of the 1941 World Series, Ted Williams had to decide between preserving his .400 batting average by sitting out or jeopardizing it by playing. The book’s design recalls old-fashioned baseball cards, but its ethical question remains relevant today.
Facing a move from rural Saskatchewan to Toronto, a girl decides to draw what she will miss. Off-beat pen and acrylic illustrations coupled with sensory prose evocatively explore feelings of a child facing a scary move to an unknown new place.
Medieval Europeans thought butterflies came from mud, but 13-year-old Maria Merian captures and observes them, chronicling and painting their life cycles and dispelling the mystery around animal metamorphoses. Fanciful oil paintings complement this appealing story.
A catchy, hand-lettered cumulative rhyme and imaginative, energetic illustrations introduce the big bang theory of the origin and development of the universe along with the idea that humans—and everything else—are made of star stuff.
The last lines of Emma Lazarus’s poem about the plight of immigrants written for the campaign to fund the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty now grace a plaque at the statue’s entrance. Watercolors contrast scenes of Emma’s upper-class New York with those of newly-arrived immigrants.
Vibrant color, geometric shapes, simple pictures, and clear language combine to introduce color theory: primary, secondary, warm, cool, complementary, and analogous colors as well as value and saturation. Informative and fun.