Magic Mud, Brave Lions, Pet Elephants and More
In a word, these books are beautiful. It was the illustrations that grabbed our attention, captivated our imaginations, and drew us into deep conversations for each of these titles. I'm super excited to share with you what we have been reading and adding to our collection this month.
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Bloom by Doreen Cronin
Bloom is a fairy happy to share her magic in this tale from the bestselling author of CLICK CLACK MOO. Unfortunately, the people in the glass kingdom only see the trail of mud that she leaves everywhere she goes and banish her from the palace. Years in the future when the glass kingdom is crumbling, they go in search of Bloom and her magic. Ultimately, Bloom, an ordinary girl, and puddles of mud save the kingdom. I love the ink and watercolor illustrations and the empowering message about what ordinary people and mud can accomplish. 3+
Waiting by Kevin Henkes
I have been waiting (pun slightly intended) to get my hands on this book since I heard it announced. We are huge Kevin Henkes fans and this darling book doesn't disappoint. It isn't full of the spunk and energy of the Lilly and other mouse books, but it is sweet and touching like many of his newer picture books. It is about a collection of toys waiting on a window sill, watching the ever transitioning world, and the changes that come and go. There is so much conversation to be had from this lovely story and its magical illustrations. 2+
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
A wonderful story about differences and acceptance. A little boy has a pet Elephant and is eager to join a meeting of the Pet Club. When they arrive, there is a sign on the door that says no elephants allowed. The sadness of this moment is beautiful portrayed with soft, melancholy illustrations that brighten when the little boy meets a girl and her pet skunk. A new club is formed that is accepting of all. 3+
Lionheart by Richard Collingridge
Honestly, I am on the fence about this book. On one hand the illustrations are nothing short of remarkable and the message is powerful. It is the story of a little boy who is afraid of monsters. After running away from his, he ends up facing it down. It is bold and empowering. On the other hand, there is one illustration in particular that is quite frightening. My kids aren't currently afraid of monsters and I wonder if this picture would give them a monster to fear. However, if your child was running from their own fears, this book displays them as scary, but something they can overcome. 5+
*Note this one I read and shared because I thought it might be helpful to some and is truly beautiful. My kids haven't given their thumbs up or down on this one.
Children's Books Reviewed
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