Time to share on Wednesdays with Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at her blog, Kidlit Frenzy. There are so many great titles to find and read. Here are a few books with stories and illustrations that I hope you will find and enjoy.
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Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat - Emily Jenkins & Sophie Blackall take us on a fine journey seeing the background of this "blackberry fool". With wonderful afterwords from both the author and the illustrator, one learns just how much research occurs in a seemingly simple story. Each part that shows the dessert created and then served shows history, including whipping cream with a created twig whisk, how cooling it happened before electric refrigeration, and the way people dressed and lived. Beautiful, not simple at all!
Thanks to Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ross MacDonald, I now know this story of the two boys, then men, who created our favorite superhero. It reminds me of the beginnings of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, lonely boys who had a vision. Their persistence to do something big is inspiring, although the backstory is sad because they sold their idea to the company that is now DC Comics for only $130. There is more to that part, and the families are now receiving some profit, but the men struggled most of their lives. The story told of the boys who didn't play sports, were shy around girls, but who worked and worked to create something that everyone could cling to in the hard times of the Depression. The illustrations fill the pages with superhero style, wonderful to see.
Elin Kelsey takes us on a wild ride of nature's inspiration, and Soyeon Kim uses cutout drawings and collage to illustrate the content of all the ways animals in nature solve problems, don't give up. The message is that we should take the advice for our own lives. One example: a chimpanzee has learned to fold leaves to spoon cool drinks of water. And sea otters balance rocks on their bellies so they can crack crabs. Each page inspires a conversation for applying to our own lives.