With a whopping 82.35% of the votes, the winner of Tuesday’s Battle of the Books: Caldecott Edition is…
Today the vote will be between two very different books: A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead and Tuesday by David Wiesner.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead is a charming story about a kind zookeeper who gets some unexpected visitors when he stays home sick with a cold. Stead’s pencil and woodblock illustrations are amazingly detailed and embellished with hints of color. This 2011 award winner is perfect for a bedtime story or a story for when you’re at home with the sniffles.
Tuesday by David Wiesner is a nearly wordless picture book in which frogs rise on their lily pads and fly through town, entering homes and chasing pets. The illustrations of this 1992 award winner capture the whimsy of the story. Someone could spend a long time analyzing each picture, and could still find something new with each read through.
Who will win this round? Vote for your favorite and check back on Tuesday to find out!
James Marshall’s George and Martha books are utterly captivating. There are several stories in each book. The older ones were labeled as picture books, but the reprints were made into early readers. These books are great to read aloud, the humor is spot on and the stories are about two true friends.
Friendship with all it’s ups and downs, give these stories an authentic nature. George and Martha don’t always get along, they learn how to tell each other the truth, set boundaries, and accept each other unconditionally. The George and Martha books range from 1.9 to 2.7 in Accelerated Reader book levels and hover between 300 to 500 in lexile levels.
George and Martha books can be found here in The Allen County Public Library’s online catalog.
Now for the new series, I would compare George and Martha to Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series. Elephant and Piggie are great friends who go through the normal friendship issues and a few new ones. The books entertain with a wide range of emotion and plenty of silly situations and dialog.
A list of Elephant and Piggie books in the library ‘s catalog can be found here.
Piggie and Elephant books range from .5 to 1.3 in Accelerated Reader levels and their lexile levels range from Beginning Reader to 210. Piggie and Elephant are geared more for beginning readers, but I can see children that love Mo Willems’ humor finding George and Martha appealing.
Try these two series with your children and see what they think!
By now you’ve heard that the movie Frozen won the Oscar for best animated feature for 2014. Perhaps you saw it in the theater?
A lesser known film, Ernest and Celestine, was also nominated in this category. The title caught my eye as that is also the name of a series of children’s picture books published back in the 1980s. They were French as was the film, but had been translated into English. The series, about the charming adventures of a bear and a mouse, had about ten books altogether.
I haven’t seen the movie, but the illustrations in the trailer look like they are pretty true to the original drawings by Gabrielle Vincent. I’m always happy when a film adaptation remains true to the spirit of the books! Watch the trailer below for a sneak peek of the film–I’m sure we’ll have it to check out when it is released! In the meantime, check out the original picture books–click on a title below and have it sent to your favorite library (they all live in storage at Main Library).
In the spirit of March Madness, the One Book, Two Books, Old Books, New Books blog team has decided to host a Battle of the Books: Caldecott Edition Competition! Throughout the month of March (and some of April too), we’ll be pitting Caldecott award winners against each other and allowing our readers to vote on their favorites. With so many great Caldecott award winners to choose from, it was a bit difficult to narrow the selection down to only sixteen books. Click the image below to see the lucky sixteen:
To kick off the competition, we’re going to start with two classics: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and Once a Mouse… by Marcia Brown.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats effectively depicts a child’s wonder and enthusiasm for snow. This 1963 award winner pairs bold blocks of color with multifaceted snow to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that children and adults alike love to get caught up in. We may have had our fair share of snow this year in Fort Wayne, IN, but no matter how ready for spring we are, this picture book will always be a classic in our hearts.
Once a Mouse… by Marcia Brown is a retelling of an Indian folklore in which a hermit uses magic to change a mouse into a cat, then a dog, and, finally, a tiger. The illustrations for this 1962 award winner focus on a color palette of reds and greens, and the facial expressions of the wise hermit and proud tiger are amazing. What’s especially significant about these illustrations is that they’re created through the use of woodcuts, a technique where artists carve the image on a block of wood prior to printing the image to the page.
Which one of these fine picture books will make it to the next round? That is completely up to you! Vote for your favorite below and check back later in the week to see the results!
Poll closed! Results will be posted Friday, March 7, 2014!
Are you and your little one tired of cold and snow? Ready for warmer temperatures, sunshine, and flowers? Well, it’s going to be a few more weeks before spring comes to Fort Wayne, but while you wait, why not check out some great picture books about spring?
Below are just a few suggestions for your springtime reads. Click the images to see which branch closest to you has the book you want!
For National Pig Day check out these versions of The Three Pigs.
The Three Little Pigs by Bernadette Watts is your more traditional three pigs story. The line and watercolor artwork add details and new animal friends to this classic telling. Although a more classic telling, there are some fine points that bring out the pigs characters in a genuine way.
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague is a terrific pick if you like your three pigs modernized. The farmer ditches farming and heads for Florida after paying the three pigs for all their hard work. The three pigs, on their own for the first time, struggle with building their houses and end up using some of their money to buy soda, chips and other junk food. The oil paintings bring out the humor and updated three pigs story.
The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat, as you may guess, is an Asian take on the three pigs. The plot in this fractured tale brings with it a martial arts flavor with a clear idea running through it to follow-through with your training. The Manga-style artwork is done with Sumi brushwork on rice paper and completed in Adobe Photoshop.
The Three Little Pigs: A Folk Tale Classic by Paul Galdone is such a wonderful time-honored telling. It features lighthearted cartoon artwork with a bit of a twist with all the pigs surviving. This version rhymes and is done with a cheerful tone and silly pictures.
If you’re in the mood for something VERY different try one of these fractured Three Pigs stories. These versions use the three ‘somethings’ in place of the pigs and changes the wolf ‘villian’ to another character completely. They’re entertaining and interesting.
The Children’s Services website has a thorough list of Three Little Pigs stories both traditional and fractured here. Enjoy!