Colors of the Wind, The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza- written by J. L. Powers with paintings by George Mendoza This is a person I've never heard of and should have, a talented man who used his passion to succeed, and he happens to be blind. George was born sighted but at age 15, he started going blind, struck with a rare disease that gives him some peripheral vision, but also sees things that aren't there, bright swirling lights, colors, floating eyes, etc. For a time, he concentrated on running, his other passion, and ran in the Olympics twice! He holds the mile record for blind runners. One person's advice changed his path and George began painting "what he sees". Filled with bright color, the book shows numerous paintings of George's in all their mesmerizing brightness. It's an inspiring story of doing the things one loves despite the obstacles. It belongs in the group of many wonderful biographies being published for younger readers in picture book form.
The publisher provided my copy of this book, which was published September 1st.
I See A Kookaburra! Discovering Animal Habitats Around The World - Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
It's hard to find a favorite among Steve Jenkins' and Robin Pages' books, but this is one I love looking at again and again. I found it again because I'll be sharing it with a primary class who is studying habitats this year, and I'll leave it with them to pore over, to see those animals hiding out, in the jungle or the savannah, the tide pool or ? The book shares six different places with much detail of the whole picture, including those hidden animals. The page after that shows the animals separately with a bit more information.
Both of these books share additional information, good to have for those who want more!