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    Compassion, Empathy, and Understanding

    By Barbara A. Ward
     | Aug 12, 2019

    Although it might not be a part of the Common Core State Standards or easy to measure, teaching our students compassion, empathy, and understanding is an important part of the curriculum. Following are some recently published books that are good choices for reading aloud to foster discussion as well as for independent reading.

    Ages 4–8

    Big Mouth Elizabeth (A Is for Elizabeth #2). Rachel Vail. Ill. Paige Keiser. 2019. Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.

    A Is for ElizabethSecond grader Elizabeth Case longs to be part of the Big Mouth Club, which is made up of children who have lost a baby tooth. Because she hasn’t done so yet, Elizabeth feels immature. When a classmate she calls Babyish Cali reaches out to her, Elizabeth is reluctant to accept her offer of friendship. With insistence from her mother, she accepts a playdate and realizes that Cali isn’t all that babyish, after all. The text and illustrations in this chapter book capture perfectly how it feels to be left out as well as how affirming it feels to be a part of something. In all her relatable imperfections, Elizabeth will remind many readers of themselves. Reading the book aloud might provide an avenue for discussing acceptance, inclusion, and empathy.

    Lili Macaroni. Nicole Testa. Ill. Annie Boulanger. 2019. Pajama Press.

    Lili MacaroniLili Macaroni loves all the things that make her unique since they come from her mother, father, grandmother, and grandfather. But her self-esteem is rocked once she begins school and classmates tease her about her name, her hair, her freckles, her eyes, and even her laugh. Consequently, Lili starts to withdraw and wonders what life might be like if she didn't have these features. Although she draws a self-portrait that erases them, ultimately, she decides that rejecting these parts of her would be like rejecting her family, something she doesn't want to do. She follows her father's suggestion to draw a butterfly, which will then help her feel better as it flies away with her heartache. Lili is fortunate to have an understanding teacher in Mrs. Tamara, who hugs her when she shares her feelings and her polka dotted butterfly. Her classmates feel guilty about what they've done, and they come back to class after the weekend with their own butterflies.

    A Place to Stay: A Shelter Story. Erin Gunti. Ill. Esteli Meza. 2019. Barefoot.

    A Place to StayThis picture book follows a mother and her daughter on the first night of their stay in a shelter, during which Mama tries to cast the building as a palace with a treasure cave and a rocket ship. After meeting a couple of residents and making a friend, the young girl is ready for a shower and decides to match her mother's imaginative play by pretending that the two of them are deep sea divers while the water warms up. The shelter isn't home but, at least it is a safe, warm place. Created with pencils and acrylic paints and then digitally manipulated, the illustrations capture the child's nervousness and her mother's imaginative response to their surroundings, which are surely bleak in some respects. Back matter includes a discussion of reasons that someone might be staying in a shelter like this, making A Place to Stay a good introduction to homelessness for young children.

    Say Something. Peter H. Reynolds. 2019. Orchard/Scholastic.

    Say Something!The endpapers of this picture book contain encouraging words and mark instances in which someone has spoken up or coined a pithy saying. The book itself is a simple but important reminder that all voices matter and that the speaker need not worry about getting all the words right or being loud. All that matters is speaking up through spoken or written words or actions. The book also provides specific examples of possible actions upon encountering various situations such as a blank canvas, a lonely person, fallow ground, and someone being bullied. The text and images remind readers that a voice "can inspire, heal, and transform. Your voice can change the world,” inviting readers to get involved and "say something.” This small picture book offers much food for discussion about the power of words and deeds and what we lose by not saying something.

    Ages 9–11

    Because of the Rabbit. Cynthia Lord. 2019. Scholastic.

    Because of the RabbitWith the lightest of touches, Cynthia Lord tells a story about staying true to yourself. Emma has been homeschooled but after her older brother, Owen, decides to attend public high school, she wants to give public school a try, too. It isn't an easy transition. The fifth graders have established social sets, and anything different from what they see as the norm is considered unacceptable. Emma tells little lies or partial truths to be accepted by a group of girls, and she even betrays Jack, the only classmate who was kind and welcoming from the start. Like her, he loves animals and has some unusual hobbies, but classmates shun him and consider him to be different—in a bad way. When Jack visits her home to work on a school project, she introduces him to Lapi, a bunny that she and her father rescued. When another classmate mentions that she saw posters looking for a lost bunny during the summer, Emma knows she must do the right thing and see if she has that person's pet. She also comes to realize that the best friend she's been looking for has been there all along.

    Harvey Comes Home. Colleen Nelson. Ill. Tara Anderson. 2019. Pajama Press.

    Harvey Comes HomeWhen his human companion, Maggie, is away on a trip with her family, Harvey (a terrier) follows the scent of a squirrel out of his yard and gets lost. Eventually, he ends up outside Brayside, an assisted living facility where a boy named Austin is volunteering. Austin knows that Harvey must belong to someone, but he becomes attached to the dog. Harvey becomes the bridge between Austin and Mr. Walter Pickering, a miserable elderly man shunned by just about everyone because of his grumpiness. As the three spend time together, Mr. Pickering tells stories from his youth about his beloved dog, General; rough times on the prairies during the Great Depression and its aftermath; and a girl named Bertie. The chapters alternate from the perspectives of Austin, Harvey, and Maggie, an effective device that allows readers to develop an understanding of the emotions and behaviors of the characters.

    Pie in the Sky. Remy Lai. 2019. Henry Holt/Macmillan.

    Pie in the SkyAfter the death of his father, 11-year-old Jingwen, his younger brother Yanghao, and their mother move to Australia from China, something his father had dreamed of doing. Lost in a new culture and awash in a new language, Jingwen carries a lot of emotional baggage, but he becomes convinced that life will improve if he bakes the special cakes he and his father once baked together while dreaming of their future bakery in their new home. As the two brothers prepare each of their father’s cakes, they end up eating them all to hide their activities from their mother who has forbidden them to use the oven while she is at work. While the classroom scenes depicting Jingwen’s struggles to read aloud are painful to read, readers will enjoy the humor of Remy Lai’s text and cartoon illustration, and the descriptions of these special cakes may prompt them to do some baking. (A recipe for Rainbow Cake is included.)

    Ages 12–14

    Focused. Alyson Gerber. 2019. Scholastic.

    FocusedSeventh-grader Clea Adams has every intention to complete her homework and stay focused on tasks, but lately, it has been a challenge to do so. When her poor academic performance jeopardizes her involvement on the school chess team, Clea also struggles with her friendships, her parents, her teachers, and herself, even denigrating her own intelligence. After she has been tested and identified as having ADHD, Clea finally has some answers for why her attention is scattered. With the help of medication and counseling as well as support from her friend, Sanam, she learns some coping mechanisms. Still, hers is not an overnight success story since she still sometimes blurts things out without thinking and is easily distracted by certain noises. Readers’ hearts will hurt for this well-intentioned girl as she tries to navigate unexpected challenges.

    Ages 15+

    Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. Mariko Tamaki. Ill. Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. 2019.  First Second/Roaring Brook.

    Laura Dean Keps Breaking Up With MeLove might be a many splendored thing, as a song tells us, but it can also be painful. In the case of Laura Dean, as charismatic, charming, and romantic as she might be, she is not right for Frederica Riley. Despite their turbulent relationship, Freddy takes Laura Dean back after each break up, moping around and running back to her when beckoned. When Laura Dean toys with her yet again, causing Freddy to abandon her friend Doodle in her hour of need, she has finally had enough and does what every reader will want her to do—break up with Laura Dean for good. The text and illustrations in this graphic novel capture the feeling of first love as well as the desolation of being addicted to someone poisonous and careless with the hearts of others.

    Barbara A. Ward teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy at Washington State University, Pullman. She spent 25 years teaching in the public schools of New Orleans, where she worked with students at every grade level, from kindergarten through high school as well as several ability levels. She is certified in elementary education, English education, and gifted education. She holds a bachelor's in communications, a master's in English education from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans.

    These reviews are submitted by members of the International Literacy Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) and are published weekly on 
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    Biographies and the Arts

    By Nancy Brashear and Carolyn Angus
     | Aug 05, 2019

    The biographies reviewed this week introduce readers to creative individuals who have made contributions in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Included are books that are great choices for reading aloud to spark interest and discussion on a topic in classrooms, libraries, and homes as well as for independent reading.

    Ages 4–8

    Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me. Susan L. Roth. 2019. Neal Porter/Holiday House.

    Birds of a FeatherSusan L. Roth clearly demonstrates how she and bowerbirds are “birds of a feather” by enumerating similarities between her creating of collage illustrations for books and the male bowerbird’s building of a bower (not a nest) decorated to attract a mate. With her signature colorful, textured collage art on double-page spreads, Roth shows herself and a bowerbird at work on their creations. Roth states that they begin with the collection of “unusual, often unrelated stuff that we use in unusual ways to create different and unexpected compositions . . .” and share the hope that their “finished works are much greater than the sum of their parts.” Roth includes lists of facts about bowerbirds, how these birds work, how she works, and how bowerbirds and she are the same.
    —CA

    Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler. Elizabeth Brown. Ill. Aimée Sicuro. 2019. Abrams.

    Dancing Through Fields of ColorHelen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a leading abstract expressionist of the 20th century, “never wanted to follow the rules” in her paintings, collages, card making, chalk drawings, and beadwork. After graduating from college and meeting Jackson Pollock, an artist who broke all the rules, Helen Frankenthaler revolutionized modern art with her Color Field school of painting which included her “soak stain” technique and use of unexpected tools (mops, sponges, and squeegees). Her abstract art was tied to nature and human emotions, and she achieved success in a field dominated by male artists. Aimée Sicuro’s illustrations in watercolor, ink, and charcoal pencil with evocative words dancing across some of the double-page spreads convey Frankenthaler’s creative spirit with their movement, energy, and color. Back matter includes a “More About Helen Frankenthaler” section, a timeline, a Poured Paint/Soak-Stain Activity, an author’s note, sources of quotes, and a bibliography.
    —NB

    The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown. Mac Barnett. Ill. Sarah Jacoby. 2019. Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins.

    The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown“The important thing about Margaret Wise Brown is that she wrote books.” This statement, made in the beginning and repeated at the end of the book, emphasizes the importance of the life and work of the beloved children’s author, who died at the age of 42. Mac Barnett points out that some people thought Brown and her books were strange, and he includes the criticism of Anne Carroll Moore, the influential librarian at the New York Public Library. Moore thought Brown’s books were not the kind of books children should be reading and stamped them “NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PURCHASE BY EXPERT.” Sarah Jacoby’s whimsical illustrations depicting scenes in Brown’s life and bunny children reading books (including some of Brown’s) complement this tribute to Margaret Wise Brown and the importance of books like hers in the lives of children.
    —CA

    Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever. Barbara Lowell. Ill. Dan Andreasen. 2019. Cameron Kids.

    Sparky & SpikeSparky dreams of becoming a cartoonist, and encouraged by his classmates and teacher, he keeps practicing his art. One day Sparky sends a drawing of Spike, his wild, smart hunting dog “that eats pins, tacks, screws, and razor blades” to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not comic strip. Two months later, his picture of Spike is published in the Sunday comics. Later, Sparky—Charles Schulz (19222000)—will become famous for his Peanuts comic strip featuring Charlie Brown and his beagle, Snoopy. Back matter in this picture biographywith cartoon illustrations in full-page spreads and panels includes an illustrator’s note (with a letter of encouragement Schulz sent Dan Andreasen when he was a boy)and an author’s note (with biographical information and photos of Sparky and Spike).
    —NB

    Ages 9–11

    Degas, Painter of Ballerinas. Susan Goldman Rubin. 2019. Abrams.

    Degas Painter of BallerinasThis beautifully designed book is a study of the French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and his works of art—drawings, pastels, paintings, and sculptures—of ballerinas. Susan Goldman Rubin’s writing, which incorporates numerous quotes, is informative and engaging. Additional information about Degas’ artistic techniques and use of various media is provided in the descriptive captions for illustrations of Degas’ artwork (most from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), which are identified by title and date of creation. Back matter includes a brief biography, an author’s note, source notes, a glossary of art terms and ballet terms, a list of places where Degas’ art can be seen, a bibliography of works on Degas and on ballet, a list of illustrations, and an index.
    —CA

    Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry). Gary Golio. Ill. Ed Young. 2019. Candlewick.

    SmileAt age 5, London-born Charlie Chaplin (18891977) sang and danced before a public audience for the first time. After his parents divorced and his mother, a singer, lost her voice, he joined a theater troupe for boys and discovered how “Funny and Sad went hand in hand.” While touring America with an acting company in 1912, he was recruited by filmmaker Mack Sennett to act in silent movies. Wearing baggy old pants, a short topcoat, oversized shoes, and his signature black bowler hat, in his alter ego role, Little Tramp, Chaplin became famous. Ed Young’s clever illustrations done in collage and ink capture this man who made the world “laugh and cry” without saying a word. Readers will discover a special treat with a quick flip of the pages. Back matter includes an afterword about Chaplin’s Tramp character, a “Facts About Charlie Chaplin” list, and resources.
    —NB

    Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti. Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan. Ill. Hadley Hooper. 2019. Holiday House.

    Two Brothers, Four HandsA spare, lyrical text and expressive mixed-media illustrations tell the life stories of artists Alberto Giacometti (19011966) and Diego Giacometti (19021985). Growing up in Switzerland, Alberto is the family’s artistic genius; adventurous Diego roams the countryside. In Paris, Alberto establishes his art studio; unsettled Diego joins him. Alberto abandons painting and devotes his time to sculpting; Diego becomes his model and helper in the studio. During World War II, Alberto lives in Switzerland; Diego stays in Paris to guard the studio. After the war, Alberto begins sculpting the skeletal figures that gain him worldwide recognition; Diego begins creating handcrafted furniture and sculptures of animals that will eventually make him famous, too. Back matter includes a “Looking at Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man” activity, a timeline, photographs of artwork, and a bibliography.
    —CA

    Ages 1214

    Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids. Elizabeth Haidle. 2019. Houghton Mifflin.

    Before They Were AuthorsIn this collective biography, Elizabeth Haidle tells the stories behind the stories of 10 popular American and British authors—Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, Dr. Seuss, Sandra Cisneros, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Gene Luen Yang, Beatrix Potter, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle. Following a “What Makes a Writer?” introduction, each chapter is five pages long and begins with a full-page spread with a portrait of the featured author, a simple timeline including dates of publication of some of their best-known books, and a quote from a book. Cartoon panels provide information about the authors’ childhoods including books that they loved to read as well as their paths to becoming published authors and images of their books. Back matter includes source notes and a bibliography.
    —CA

    The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars. Carole Boston Weatherford. Ill. Frank Morrison. 2019. Little Bee.

    The Roots of RapFrom “Folktales, street rhymes, spirituals—rooted in spoken word. / Props to poets Hughes and Dunbar; published. Ain’t you heard?” to “From Atlanta to Zanzibar, youth spit freestyle freedom sounds. / Hip-hop is a language that’s spoken the whole world ‘round,” Carole Boston Weatherford’s 16 rhyming couplets and Frank Morrison’s stunning mural-like double-page spreads provide a moving history of the hip-hop movement based on its four “pillars”—graffiti, breakdancing, rapping/MCing, and DJing. Extensive back matter includes notes by Weatherford and Morrison, a glossary, and a “Hip-hop Who’s Who” with brief biographical notes on the creative artists and others who influenced the development of the hip-hop culture.
    —CA

    Ages 15+

    The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance. Lynn Curlee. 2019. Charlesbridge Teen/Charlesbridge.

    The Great NinjinskyBorn in Russia, Vaslav Nijinsky (18901950) was a shy dance prodigy who transfigured into a mesmerizing and sensational dancer on stage. Transforming the field of ballet through his unique dance moves and costuming, he became one of the world’s greatest dancers of the 20th century before he was 30. Later he wrote storylines and choreographed ballets. Although Nijinsky was incapacitated by mental illness later in life, his legacy lives on in ballet today. Nijinsky was a creative genius who lived a tumultuous life with complicated professional and personal relationships during a time in which bisexuality was not accepted by society. Narrative on different phases of Nijinsky’s life and program notes on ballets he performed or choreographed (The Firebird, Scheherazade, Carnaval, Afternoon of a Faun, and other classics) are accompanied by beautiful paintings and archival photographs. Back matter includes an author’s note, a list of Nijinsky performances, “Ballet Performances Online” notes, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.
    —NB

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    Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration. Leonard S. Marcus. 2019. Candlewick.

    Helen OxenburyIn this substantial and inspirational tribute to Helen Oxenbury (born in Ipswich in 1938 and lives in North London), one of the world’s most famous children’s authorillustrators, Leonard S. Marcus’ study of her life and work shows how Oxenbury immerses herself in people watching and expressing humanity’s need to accept each other’s imperfections in her evolving artistic creations for children. Oxenbury’s first book, Numbers of Things (one of the first board books starring babies), was published in 1967, and she has published more than 100 children’s picture and board books up to now. After an introductory interview with Helen Oxenbury, the book is divided into seven time periods, each with biographical narratives, photos, and illustrations (including covers along with some double-page spreads and excerpts from her books). Back matter includes a “Postscripts” section with testimonies from colleagues and collaborators; a “Bibliography” section with 88 of Oxenbury’s books listed by publication dates; a “The Walker Bear” section about the logo Oxenbury drew for her UK publisher, Walker Books, and her contribution to Walker Books and Candlewick Press; and a “Significant Awards” section.
    —NB

    Nancy Brashear is Professor Emeritus of English, Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, California. Carolyn Angus is former director of the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books, Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California.

    These reviews are submitted by members of the International Literacy Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) and are published weekly on Literacy Daily. 

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    Books From Down Under

    By Skye Deiter and Carolyn Angus
     | Jul 29, 2019

    In this week’s column we feature books that originated “down under.” Included are picture books and the latest titles in chapter book series that are full of fun for younger readers and a retelling of fairy tales and a realistic novel for older readers by authors and illustrators from Australia and New Zealand.

    Ages 4–8

    Don’t Call Me Bear! Aaron Blabey. 2019. Scholastic.

    Don't Call Me Bear!Warren, a koala tired of being called a koala bear, points out on a Chart of Common Marsupials that koalas are related to possums, kangaroos, wombats, and Tasmanian devils and makes it clear that bears are not native to Australia. Aaron Blabey’s clever mixed-media cartoon artwork shows Warren becoming increasingly more annoyed about being the only mammal in the bush that gets misnamed. Finally, he’s had enough when a kangaroo tells him, “You may not be a bear, mate, but you look like one.” Warren shouts out an angry “SHOOSH!” and walks away in disgust—while the kangaroo, an emu, and a platypus look on and comment that he’s such a cute little bear and that bears are great. Aaron Blabey lives in New South Wales.
    —CA

    The Last Peach. Gus Gordon. 2019. Roaring Brook.

    The Last Peach“Oh my, now THAT is a fine peach!” declares an insect. “Yes, indeed, the finest!” says another. The two agree it’s the most beautiful peach they have seen all summer and that they must eat it at once. When a praying mantis comes along and says they can’t eat it because it’s the last peach of the season and another insect warns that it’s lovely on the outside but probably rotten on the inside, they aren’t sure what to do. They argue fiercely, each declaring why it’s theirs to eat alone before agreeing that the peach is too beautiful to eat. With a “Goodbye, peach” and “Goodbye, peach. We love you,” they depart. The final spread of Gus Gordon’s beautifully composed collage artwork reveals an unexpected surprise ending to this sunny tale written entirely in dialogue. Gus Gordon lives in New South Wales.
    —CA

    Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey (Noni the Pony #3). Alison Lester. 2019. Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster.

    Noni the PonyAs they roam the hills near their home on a farm on Waratah Bay, Noni the Pony and pals Coco (a cat) and Dave (a dog) meet a lost wallaby joey. Trying to locate the joey’s family, they question Koala, Wombat, Platypus, Emu, Echidna, Possum, Goanna, and Quoll. “No one has spotted the wallaby mob, / and Joey’s small sniffle becomes a big sob.” Noni invites the joey to stay with them, and upon returning home, they happily discover the wallaby family, looking for Joe. The pairing of colorful mixed-media illustrations and a text of rhyming couplets make this new adventure of Noni the Pony a great read-aloud for introducing Australian animals as well as a gentle story about friendship and kindness. Alison Lester lives in Victoria.
    —CA

    Oink. David Elliot. 2019. Gecko.

    OinkThis charming, nearly wordless tale with expressive softly colored watercolor-and-pencil illustrations begins on the subtitle page with a pig stepping out of his pants. Once he’s climbed into the tub, he closes his eyes and relaxes—until there’s a “Knock! Knock!” Pig frowns as a lamb in a swimsuit splashes into the tub with her toy boat. With more knocks at the door, Pig’s peaceful bath is disturbed by a cow and a donkey, more splashing, and lots of excited maas, moos, and hee haws! Wavy lines rising from the water in the tub and the surprised looks on the faces of the animals in the next illustration show how Pig solves the problem of overcrowding. One by one the intruders depart in a huff, and Pig is once again alone and enjoying his bath. “Oooiiinnnkk.” David Elliot lives on New Zealand’s South Island.
    —CA

    Sadie and the Silver Shoes. Jane Godwin. Ill. Anna Walker. 2019. Candlewick.

    Sadie and the Silver ShoesSadie, used to hand-me-down clothing from her three older brothers, loves getting to pick out new shoes of her very own. One day, she chooses a pair of sparkly, silver shoes. “These are absolutely my most favorite shoes.” When one of her beloved shoes gets lost in the creek, Sadie refuses to part with the remaining shoe and decides to continue wearing it—even if it means having mismatched shoes. Ellie, a new student at Sadie’s school offers an unexpected twist to the story (and a friendship) when she recognizes Sadie’s lone silver shoe. Anna Walker’s cheery watercolor and collage artwork brings Sadie and the other characters to life as the story unfolds. Jane Godwin and Anna Walker live in Victoria.
    —SD

    The Second Sky. Patrick Guest. Ill. Jonathan Bentley. 2019. Eerdmans.

    The Second SkyFrom the moment he hatches, Gilbert the penguin longs to fly with the other birds. Despite many failed attempts and his family’s discouragement, Gilbert refuses to give up, telling himself he just needs more feathers. The perseverant penguin eventually discovers his ability to “fly” while swimming in the sea. “Gilbert tucked his wings and did a perfect dive. Then he spread his wings …and flew.” Patrick Guest’s placement and sizing of some text imitates Gilbert’s ups and downs while Jonathan Bentley’s beautiful artwork captures the changing perspectives of the young penguin—first from inside his hatching egg, to his flapping and fumbling in motion scenes, and finally, to his discovery of the second “sky” waiting for him below the water. Patrick Guest lives in Victoria, Australia; Jonathan Bentley lives in Queensland.
    —SD  

    Steve Goes to Carnival. Joshua Button & Robyn Wells. 2019. Candlewick.

    Steve Goes to the CarnivalSteve, a gorilla, is on a quest to find where his zookeeper friend, Antonio, who shares Steve’s love for jazz, goes when he leaves the zoo. The adventure leads Steve, under the disguise of a yellow hat, through the city of Rio during Carnival. Joshua Button and Robyn Wells use black and colored inks in bold and fine lines and acrylics to create textured, bold illustrations which highlight colorful Carnival. Their collaboration also captures Rio de Janeiro’s culture by incorporating traditional architecture and city sights (like yellow trams and favelas) in evocative double-page spreads and by mixing Brazilian Portuguese words into the text. Back matter includes notes about Button and Wells’ creative process and a glossary of Brazilian Portuguese terms used. Joshua Button and Robyn Wells live in Western Australia.
    —SD

    Triple Treats (Little Lunch #1). Danny Katz. Ill. Mitch Vane. 2019. Candlewick Entertainment/Candlewick.

    Little LunchA lot can happen during the 15 minutes of little lunch (snack time at morning recess), and there’s fun to be had while reading the three short stories in this new chapter book series based on a popular Australian TV show. In “The Snack Shop,” Rory, who has forgotten his little lunch once again, does the unthinkable and goes off school grounds to the Snack Shop—and everyone in Mrs. Gonsha’s class ends up in “VERY. BIG. TROUBLE!” In “Grandparents Day,” Battie, who feels responsible for ruining the day, ends up delivering a funny and entertaining speech that makes it the best Grandparents Day ever. “YA-YA!” In “The Cake Sale,” Melanie’s plan to sell slices of cake to raise money for homeless puppies gets some competition from the boys, and a glorious food fight breaks out at little lunch. Danny Katz and Mitch Vane live in Victoria.
    —CA

    Ages 9–11

    The 104-Story Treehouse (Treehouse Adventures #8). Andy Griffith. Ill. Terry Denton. 2019. Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.

    The 104-Story TreehouseThis eighth installment of the popular Treehouse series reacquaints readers with Andy and Terry and previews the many levels of their now 104-story treehouse. Amidst Andy’s suffering from a toothache, the writing duo must finish a new book for their agent, Mr. Big Nose…or else! Terry proposes buying a Joke Writer 2000 to get the job done, which leads the pair on a wildly imaginative adventure featuring a never-ending staircase, a money-making machine that also dispenses honey, bun-fighting bears, and unreasonably priced shops. Readers will delight in the absurdity of the book’s premise and find added humor in the jokes printed in question-answer format at the bottom of pages. Andy Griffith and Terry Denton live in Victoria.
    —SD

    Ages 12–14

    Vasilisa the Wise: And Other Tales of Brave Young Women. Kate Forsyth. Ill. Lorena Carrington. 2019. Kane Miller.

    Vasilia Wise copyThis collection includes seven old tales (six from the oral tradition and one literary fairy tale) about brave, clever, resourceful, and independent young women. The language of Kate Forsyth’s feminist retellings is fresh and enchanting, and photographic artist Lorena Carrington’s intricately detailed digital-collage silhouette artwork (full-page illustrations and spot art) beautifully capture the mood of the tales. Each tale is prefaced by a note on its provenance and followed by notes from Forsyth and Carrington on their connection to the story and the creative process they used in writing and illustrating it. Kate Forsyth lives in New South Wales; Lorena Carrington lives in Victoria.
    —CA

    Ages 15+

    How It Feels to Float. Helena Fox. 2019. Dial/Penguin.

    How It Feels to FloatAlthough her father died when she was 7, he remains a visible presence in the life of 17-year-old Biz, who keeps his appearance and conversations with her hidden from others. After she is alienated from her friends because of what happens at a beach party while she is drunk, her depression and panic attacks increase as even her father “disappears.” Biz drops out of school, reluctantly begins treatment, becomes interested in photography, and makes a new friend, Jasper. She sets out from her home in Wollongong with Jasper and her camera on a trip to places in Australia where her father had lived to “find” him and ends up hospitalized for dissociative disorders. The lyrical first-person narrative of this beautifully crafted YA novel about mental illness is compelling and ends on a realistically hopeful note.
    Helena Fox lives in New South Wales.
    —CA

    Skye Deiter is an elementary classroom teacher in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a recent graduate from Pennsylvania State Harrisburg’s Masters in Literacy Education Program. Carolyn Angus is former director of the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books, Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California.

    These reviews are submitted by members of the International Literacy Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) and are published weekly on 
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    More Sequels and Series

    By Nancy Brashear and Carolyn Angus
     | Jul 22, 2019

    This week’s column features first books in new series and the latest books in episodic series that can be read in any order as well as standalone titles that will entice readers to earlier books. We’ve included picture books and early chapter books for younger readers and books in a variety of genres for older readers. All are perfect for summer reading.

    Ages 4–8

    A Is for Elizabeth (A Is for Elizabeth #1). Rachel Vail. Ill. Paige Keiser. 2019. Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.

    A Is for ElizabethIn this spinoff from Rachel Vail’s Justin Case series, little sister Elizabeth is excited about her first homework assignment: “Make name posters.” She is not so excited that the name must be your own name. Since her teacher Ms. Patel’s rules of class organization involve doing everything in alphabetical order, annoying Anna’s poster will be first in the wall display. Because Elizabeth gets creative with spelling and uses small sticks and stones and lots of runny glue to make the letters, her name ends up looking like “AAbAmmm!moxooo!Eoo’oAth!” How Elizabeth turns her disastrous project into a protest against alphabetical order and then into a lively class discussion on rules and fairness will delight readers and leave them eager to discover what happens next in Class 2B in simultaneously published Big Mouth Elizabeth.
    —CA

    Dinosaur Farm! Penny Dale. 2019. Nosy Crow/Candlewick.

    Dinosaur Farm!In Penny Dale’s latest dinosaur adventure, farmer dinosaurs are hard at work operating heavy equipment on Dinosaur Farm. Dinosaurs plow the soil; feed livestock; build fences; fertilize fields; harvest crops; and scrub, clean, and pack up produce before traveling to the farm show with their animals and crops. On the final double-page spread, all the dinosaurs celebrate. “Happy dinosaurs cheering, cheering for Dinosaur Farm. Dinosaur Farm, the BEST in the show! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!” Young children will enjoy looking for the two piglets who escape from their pen and can be found hidden in the colorful, richly detailed rural scenes throughout the book. The ten dinosaurs and nine farm machines featured in the book are identified on the endpapers.
    —CA

    Harold & Hog Pretend for Real! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! #6).Dan Santat. 2019. Hyperion/Disney.

    Harold & HogIn this latest entry in the metafictive Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series for early readers, when best friends carefree Harold and careful Hog spy Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie reading Harold & Hog Pretend for Real!, they decide to pretend they are Gerald and Piggie. Harold dons a pair of glasses and pops a paper snout on Hog. However, there are personality problems. Hog points out “I am too CAREFUL to be Piggie!” and Harold realizes “I am too CAREFREE to be Gerald!” Can they be best friends if they cannot pretend to be best friends? Yes, if they switch the glasses and paper snout. The book concludes with a cameo appearance by Willem’s Pigeon and with Elephant and Piggie pretending to be Harold and Hog.
    —CA

    Waylon! The Most Awesome of All (Waylon! #3). Sara Pennypacker. Ill. Marla Frazee. 2019. Disney-Hyperion.

    Waylon!On June 14, fourth grader Waylon hopes to meet astrophysicist Dr. Margaret J. Geller when he presents his Sound Waves: Good Vibrations project at the Boston Science Expo. Neon, his sister, is directing her original performance at the Beantown Repertory Theater with their fatherplaying the main role, and Mom won’t disclose her mysterious appointment on the family calendar for that day. Things get more complicated for Waylon when Dad is summoned to Hollywood about selling the screenplay he’s worked on for two years, and Waylon volunteers to save Neon’s play by substituting for him in a role that’s sure to embarrass him for life. And his friend Mitchell will present Waylon’s science project and be the one to meet Dr. Geller. Marla Frazee’s expressive black-and-white drawings add to the story's excitement. 
    —NB

    Ages 9–11

    The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter (Mad Wolf’s Daughter #2). Diane Magras. 2019. Kathy Dawson/Penguin.

    The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's FatherAfter rescuing her five older brothers and Grimbol (her “Mad Wolf” father), 12-year-old warrior Drest is on a quest to help her best friend, Lord Emerick Faintree, recapture his castle from his treacherous uncle, Sir Oswyn Faintree, who has put a “wolf’s head” (a bounty for capture or killing) on her. With the uncle and his knights after her, Drest must stay ahead of all of them as she clears the way for Emerick, who has been injured, to claim his legacy. Immersed in nonstop adventure, danger, and political intrigue, this feisty heroine strives to win the respect of her father as a warrior to be reckoned with instead of being ordered to stay hidden safely away and relegated to women’s work. Back matter includes a glossary and author’s note detailing relevant history in 1210 Scotland.
    —NB

    Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets (Mr. Penguin #2). Alex T. Smith. 2019. Peachtree.

    Mr. PenguinWhile on a mission to recover the Enigma Stone for Professor Stout-Girdle, Mr. Penguin, his sidekick Colin (a kung fu master spider), Edith Hedge (a resourceful human friend), and her pigeon Graham crash their plane near the village of Schneedorf-on-the-Peak on a snowy mountaintop. Rescued by Dieter and Lisle Strudel, their agreement to help solve a case involving missing pet rodents (including Dieter’s hamster, Colonel Tuftybum) soon finds them at a remote, thought-to-be-abandoned fortress on a neighboring mountain and facing Dr. Mesmero, a hypnotist with a diabolical plan to take over the world. Readers of this delightfully silly chapter book will eagerly await Mr. Penguin’s next adventure set up by a surprise meeting during a victory celebration at the Haus of Strudel with Sir Reginal Spy-Glasse, Chief Undercover Investigator from B.U.M. (the Bureau of Unsolved Mysteries).
    —CA

    Sal & Gabi Break the Universe (Sal & Gabi #1). Carlos Hernandez. 2019. Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion.

    Sal & Gabi Break the UniverseIn this Cuban-flavored coming-of-age sci-fi adventure, 12-year-old Sal Vidón, new student and magician, makes a splash at Culeco Academy of the Arts during his first week when he accidentally taps into the multiverse and threatens its delicate balance by transporting a dead chicken from another dimension into the locker of Yasmany Robles, the school bully. Student body president Gabi Reál sets out to expose Sal’s brujo tricks in the school paper, but their lives intertwine unexpectedly at the hospital where her newborn brother struggles for his life and Sal entertains sick children. Sal’s physicist father, his helpful American Stepmom, versions of his dearly departed mother (Mami Muerta) from parallel universes, and Principal Torres (and friends, family members, and teachers) round out the quirky ensemble in this quick-paced, fun-to-read series opener filled with bilingual banter, Cuban food, magic, friendship, and humor— while also dealing with issues of abuse and illness.
    —NB

    Stephen Curry (Epic Athletes #1). Dan Wetzel. Ill. Zeke Peña. 2019. Henry Holt/Macmillan.

    Stephen CurryWardell Stephen Curry II was born in in 1988, in Akron, Ohio, and grew up in North Carolina, where his father, Dell, played for the Charlotte Hornets. Steph, who loved basketball, was a good ball handler and shooter but usually the smallest player on the court. He worked tirelessly to develop his talent and became an outstanding player at Davidson College. His dream of playing for the NBA came true when he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2009. Sports journalist Dan Wetzel’s account of Curry’s career from an overlooked high school player to three-time NBA champion on a team with the prospect of winning more championships includes exciting accounts of games and an abundance of quotes (from Curry, coaches, teammates, and others) and is accompanied by Zeke Peña’s comic-style paneled artwork.
    —CA

    Ages 12–14

    Freedom Fire (Dactyl-Hill Squad #2). Daniel José Older. 2019. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic.

    Freedom FireTwelve-year-old Magdalys Roca, from the Colored Orphan Asylum in New York, flies south on the back of Stella, her giant pteranodon, with a group of friends to find her older brother, Montez, lost in the Civil War. Swept into the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee alongside the dino-mounted Louisiana Native troops, her developing skill in using mental telepathy to direct Stella and other pterobacks becomes evident. After saving General Ulysses S. Grant’s life, Magdalys is recruited by him to form a special regiment of dinowarriors while she searches for her brother in this alternate historical fantasy series. Back matter includes “A Note on the People, Places & Dinos of the Dactyl Hill Squad” (which differentiates fact and fiction in the story) and “A Note on Weapons.”
    —NB

    The Tornado Scientist: Seeing Inside Severe Storms (Scientists in the Field). Mary Kay Carson. Ill. Tom Uhlman. 2019. Houghton Mifflin.

    The Tornado ScientistIn their latest Scientist in the Field book, Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman introduce readers to “tornado scientist” Robin Tanamachi, whose fascination with tornadoes as a child led to her career as a research meteorologist and radar expert. A lively narrative and an abundance of captioned photographs cover Tanamachi’s activities, from storm chasing in Tornado Alley in the Midwest to her present research with the Vortex-SE team surveying the hard-to-predict severe storms of Dixie Alley in the Southeast. Numerous text boxes and diagrams provide additional information on the science of tornadoes such as the EF Rating Scale and weather radar scans. Back matter includes a glossary of words and acronyms; websites on tornadoes, research, and tornado safety; sources of quotes and a selected bibliography; and an index.
    —CA

    Ages 15+

    King of Scars (King of Scars #1). Leigh Bardugo. 2019. Imprint/Macmillan.

    King of ScarsNikolai Lantsov, the young king of Ravka, strives to heal the fractured kingdom he’s inherited. At the urging of General Zoya Nazyalensky, he’ll choose a wife at a gala event to forge political alliances and plan for producing an heir to secure the throne and Ravka’s future. With a monster growing within him, those closest to Nikolai cover for his absences and random slaughter of animals. Before the ball, he must travel to the Shadow Fold to destroy the source of the Darkling’s power that has infected him while Isaak, his “double,” carries on business in the court as usual where an insurgency is brewing. In this complex fantasy adventure, reminiscent of “Beauty and the Beast,” readers will root for Nikolai to overcome his affliction in time to save his kingdom.
    —NB

    Nancy Brashear is Professor Emeritus of English, Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, California. Carolyn Angus is former director of the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books, Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California.

    These reviews are submitted by members of the International Literacy Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) and are published weekly on Literacy Daily. 

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    Books From Across the Pond

    By Skye Deiter and Carolyn Angus
     | Jul 16, 2019

    In this week’s column, we review U.S. editions of books that originated in Great Britain and Ireland. Included are books by authors and illustrators who continue to receive national and international recognition and are popular with readers on both sides of “the pond.” 

    Ages 4–8 

    The Baby Beast. Chris Judge. 2019. Andersen USA.

    The Baby BeastWhen Beast discovers a surprise, an egg, at his door, disaster unfolds as he attempts to look after it (almost losing the egg, dropping it in the bath, and chasing it down a hill). Fortunately, Dr. Yoko helps Beast by giving care instructions. “It all seemed clear except for one thing: ‘What am I waiting for?’ wondered the Beast.” He eagerly purchases necessary items and follows the doctor’s advice—just in time for Baby Beast’s arrival. A combination of colorful spreads and panels depict the ups and downs of parenting as Beast takes care of his precious egg—and soon after, Baby Beast. This sweet, humorous story concludes with one last comical surprise on the Beast family’s doorstep. Chris Judge lives in Ireland.
    —SD

    The Great Gran Plan. Elli Woollard. Ill. Steven Lenton. 2019. Godwin/Henry Holt/Macmillan.

    The Great Gran PlanWhen one of the three little pigs discovers the wolf’s next intended victim, he sets out for town to acquire a Superpig cape, spy binoculars, and rope. “Pig to the rescue—SAVE THAT GRAN!” Having to settle for substitutes: a shawl, a pair of big glasses on a pearl chain, and a basket of yarn, he soon finds himself mistaken for Red Riding Hood’s granny and pursued by the hungry wolf. Now it’s Gran to the rescue as she ensnares the wolf in a net, and together they take the wolf to Fairy Tale Jail. As children enjoy repeated readings of this rhyming fractured fairy tale, they can also search for characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes in the colorful, richly detailed illustration. Elli Woollard and Steven Lenton live in England.
    —CA

    The Grumpy Duck. Joyce Dunbar. Ill. Petr Horáček. 2019. Candlewick.

    Grumpy DuckPetr Horáček’s brightly colored, textured illustrations combined with Joyce Dunbar’s lively text, rich with onomatopoeia, will dazzle young readers as they enjoy this story in which animals learn lessons about feelings and friendship. Duck, whose grumpiness about the dry pond causes a little gray cloud to appear above her, encounters animal friends including Dog, who suggests digging together, and Rabbit, who proposes a jumping contest. As Duck finds fault in each new invitation to play, the cloud grows BIGGER. Her negativity eventually produces a large, dark Grumpy Duck cloud, which, in turn, makes the other animals moody, until it bursts. “Suddenly there were . . . MILLIONS OF BIG SHINY WET SPLASHY RAINDROPS!” Duck “splished and splashed and sploshed” and wasn’t grumpy anymore, and the other animals happily joined her. Joyce Dunbar lives in England; Petr Horáček was born in Czechoslovakia and now lives in England.
    —SD

    The Little Rabbit. Nicola Killen. 2019. Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster.

    The Little RabbitAfter waiting for the rain to stop, Ollie (dressed in a gray bunny suit) is ready to splash in the puddles with her toy bunny. “Ollie spotted the perfect puddle right away, but before she could jump in…Whooooosh! A sudden breeze whistled past, bringing a cloud of blossoms with it.” One of the blossom petals (illustrated with gold foil embellishments) lands on Bunny’s nose. He comes to life and hops off. Ollie chases after Bunny, and with Ollie’s bravery— and a little help from the magical breeze—the two are reunited and find their way back home. Nicola Killen’s text placement, die-cut pages, and illustrations in limited colors (gray with pops of yellow and green) capture the playful spirit of Ollie and Bunny’s adventure. Nicola Killen lives in England.
    —SD

    What Does an Anteater Eat? Ross Collins. 2019. Nosy Crow/Candlewick.

    What Does an Anteater Eat 02Unable to remember what an anteater eats, hungry Anteater queries various animals—from a lazy sloth too busy resting to reply to a cheetah, who doesn’t know but says he looks very tasty. Coming upon a colony of ants busily carrying bits of banana back to their anthill under a banana tree, his “Excuse me, I don’t suppose you happen to know what an—” is met with “Run!” Now Anteater knows what an anteater eats, or does he? The surprising answer he comes up with is revealed on the final double-page spread: “BANANAS!” Ross Collins’ silly story, illustrated with bold cartoon artwork done in watercolor and charcoal and told entirely in dialogue, is perfect for reading aloud. Ross Collins lives in Scotland.
    —CA

    What the Ladybug Heard at the Zoo. Julia Donaldson. Ill. Lydia Monks. 2019. Henry Holt/Macmillan.

    What the Ladybug Heard at the ZooOn a visit to the zoo, the ladybug sees Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh. “And she heard them chuckle, “Ho ho ho! / We’re going to kidnap Monkey Joe.” They’re planning to have Joe break into the Queen’s bedroom and steal her crown. The ladybug, however, has a clever plan, which she whispers to Joe before she flies to the palace to enlist the cooperation of the Queen’s corgis, Willow and Holly. “And both the dogs agreed to do / Just what the ladybug told them to.” The thieves end up with a bag full of bones instead of the crown and find themselves pursued by every dog in town. Extend the enjoyment of this Ladybug adventure, presented in playful rhyming couplets and colorful collage illustrations, by reading What the Ladybug Heard (2010) and What the Ladybug Heard Next (2018). Julia Donaldson divides her time between England and Wales; Lydia Monks lives in England.
    —CA

    Ages 9–11

    Good Dog, McTavish. Meg Rosoff. Ill. Grace Eaton. 2019. Candlewick.

    Good Dog, McTavishChildren will be delighted to read this short, illustrated novel about a disheveled family, who, after Ma Peachey has chosen to resign from her motherly duties, agrees to adopt a rescue dog, a Scottish terrier mix named McTavish. In an ironic twist, McTavish perceives his new family as a rescue family in need of training. “When you took on a rescue family, it often took some weeks for them to settle, but he was glad he’d decided to adopt the Peacheys.” A limited omniscient narrator relays not only McTavish’s thoughts but also those of 8-year-old Betty, the youngest (and most stable, aside from Ma Peachey) member of the family. Together, McTavish and Betty work towards a common goal of making the Peachey family functional again. Meg Rosoff lives in England; Grace Eaton lives in the U.S.
    —SD

    Ocean Emporium: A Compilation of Creatures. Susie Brooks. Ill. Dawn Cooper. 2019. Charlesbridge.

    Ocean EmporiumAn introductory “Welcome to the Emporium” invites readers to explore the diversity of life in our planet’s oceans, home to more than a million species. Each double-page spread includes an introductory paragraph, text boxes of related information, and full-color realistic images of representative marine animals, labeled with their common and scientific names. Some spreads focus on the variety of one group of animals such as sea urchins, sea turtles, sharks, whales, and penguins; other spreads examine different habitats (coral reefs and “the deep”) or ocean rivalries (orcas vs. great white sharks or swordfish vs. mackerel). A table of contents makes it easy to find information, and the back matter contains a glossary and an index. Susie Brooks lives in Scotland; Dawn Cooper lives in England.
    —SD

    Ages 12–14

    The Afterwards. A. F. Harrold. Ill. Emily Gravett. 2019. Bloomsbury.

    The AfterwardsEmber’s best friend and neighbor, Ness, has died after a fall from a swing in the park. Uncle Graham, who’s grieving over the death of his beloved dog, Betty, takes his niece Ember for a walk that ends at a gate opening into a black-and-white world, the place where the recently dead reside for as long as it takes for them to forget that they ever were alive. He’s made a deal to swap her for Betty. Ember finds Ness and wants to take her home from this afterworld. But as the mysterious talking cat that Ember keeps meeting explains, rules about life and death have been broken and that can’t happen. In the end, it will take a sacrifice on the part of the cat to restore the balance between the worlds of the living and the dead needed to get Ember back home. Emily Gravett’s soft watercolor and pencil artwork beautifully complement A. F. Harrold’s eerily disturbing, yet lovely, story of letting go and accepting the death of a loved one. A. F. Harrold and Emily Gravett live in England.
    —CA

    The Book of Unwyse Magic. Claire Fayers. 2019. Henry Holt/Macmillan.

    The Book of Unwyse MagicThis fantasy/mystery hybrid centers around “The Book,” an enchanted book responsible fora magical covenant between the Human World and Unworld, in which pairs of magic mirrors form doorways between the two worlds so the requests of humans for magical goods can be supplied by Fair Folk. One day, 12-year-olds Ava (from Wyse in the Human World) and Howell (from Unwyse in the Unworld) accidentally restore an inactive mirror’s magic. Connected in a magical way they don’t understand at first, Ava and Howell form a friendship over their suspicions of Lord Skinner and Mr. Bones, respective “rulers” of their cities. Now, the determined pair must travel between worlds to protect “The Book” as its guardians, or—as the “The Book” alludes to in witty epigraphs—both worlds will be doomed. Claire Fayers lives in Wales.
    —SD

    Ages 15+

    Goodbye, Perfect. Sara Barnard. 2019. Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster.

    Goodbye, PerfectOn Saturday just before their GCSEs begin, Eden receives a text from her best friend, Bonnie, that she’s run away with Jack, her secret boyfriend, and has Eden swear that she’ll tell no one that they have been in contact. When the police arrive at her home, she’s surprised to learn that Jack is Mr. Cohn, the music teacher at Kett Academy. As Bonnie continues to keep Eden apprised of their whereabouts, it becomes harder for Eden to continue to keep silent. Continually lying to everyone while faced with Bonnie’s seeming disregard for the feelings of other causes Eden to wonder about everything she thought she knew about her ever-so-perfect friend, her own decidedly not-so-perfect self, and their relationship. What should she do? This compelling novel, told from Eden’s point of view, including “Conversations That Took on a New Meaning after Bonnie Disappeared” sections, is a thought-provoking exploration of issues of perfection, love, family, and friendship. Sarah Barnard lives in England.
    —CA

    Skye Deiter is an elementary classroom teacher in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a recent graduate from Pennsylvania State Harrisburg’s Masters in Literacy Education Program. Carolyn Angus is former director of the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books, Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California.

    These reviews are submitted by members of the International Literacy Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) and are published weekly on Literacy Daily. 

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