Jenkins, Emily illustrated by Giselle Potter Sugar Would Not Eat It Random House, 2009. $16.99. PICTURE BOOK - Language G, Sexual Content G, Violence G – A boy brings home a stray kitten, names her Sugar and tries to feed her a piece of cake. But Sugar would not eat it. Leo asks the adults in his neighborhood for advice on how to get Sugar to eat the cake. For some unknown reason none of them explain to Leo that cats don't eat cake and instead give him all the platitudes and threats that parents use to get their children to eat their vegetables from "eat it or you won't grow up big and strong" to "children in other parts of the world are going hungry." Of course none of the advice works. Leo finally shares his milk and chicken sandwich with Sugar and they are both happy until Leo decides to give Sugar a bath. Potter's illustrations done in watercolor, gouache, ink and gesso are full of interesting perspectives perfect facial expressions. But her signature style is flat and old fashioned and is more suited to adult tastes. Pre-K, EL (K-3) ELEMENTARY- OPTIONAL. Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sattler, Jennifer Sylvie Random House, 2009. $15.99. PICTURE BOOK - Language G, Sexual Content G, Violence G – When Sylvie learns that she and all flamingos are pink because of the pink shrimp that they eat, she decides to experiment with eating more colorful food. Just like the chameleon in Leo Lionni's classic, A Color of His Own, Sylvie becomes many different colors. She becomes positively purple after eating grapes and stripy after eating a towel. She has fun but after awhile she doesn't feel like herself at all and decides to go back to eating little pink shrimp so she can go back to her original color. While the story is not very original, the illustrations are big and bright and full of fun. The surprise ending makes it perfect for preschool storytime. Pre-K, EL (K-3) ELEMENTARY- ADIVSABLE. Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Katzen, Mollie Honest Pretzels: And 64 Other Recipes for Cooks Age 8 and Up. Tricycle Press, 1999, 2009. $19.95. Back in 1999, my kids were just old enough for a book like Honest Pretzels, so we used it many days to teach them cooking skills and enjoy the great food. The list of ingredients, needful utensils and step-by-step instructions made it easy for us to learn together. I hope you will buy this and share it with your children – or just for yourself if you are still a novice cook! PARENTS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.