Did you know #nf10for10 hosted by Mandi Robek and Cathy Mere is this coming Friday? Are you getting your lists ready? Here is Mandi's post with directions.
Come read to discover everyone's recent nonfiction picture books.
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One thrill this week was finding Pink Is For Blobfish by Jess Keating, with illustrations by David DeGrand. So many have been shouting good things about it, and now I know why. The book makes me want to know more, and that's the best thing about non-fiction picture books.
One full size spread/photo of the actual animal. On the right is a short description, a cartoon drawing of the animal (clever and creative), and another piece that tells interesting "stuff" about it. On the right, a column gives the facts, species name, size, etc. Each time one wants to pore over the pages, reading, then looking back at the animal, checking what is said, looking again. Loads of extra information is at the back: a map, a glossary, additional resources, and a "When I Grow Up" column showing kinds of scientists. It's terrific.
I didn't know a lot of the information shared in this book, the beginnings of this odd man who was so smart that his father mortgaged their meager farm so that Noah could leave home and go to college. He hated school, and wasn't learning as he wished. He kept at it, learning, learning, and began an idea, a book of words, not new, but this time the words would be for America. The story is of a man with a passion, and even with a wife and children (who I guess supported him even when he was not supporting them) he persevered. The illustrations are entertaining, as Boris Kulikov uses words and books in creative ways to help tell the story. One example is the cover, the dictionary used as part of the W. Another page shows Webster digging into a huge book, pulling out handfuls of words, something like harvesting. The story and the pictures help make a brief, but complete picture of the story of the first American dictionary for younger students. There is an author's note about some changes made in the writing about Webster's words because of their length, and additional resources.