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I managed to finish the book for my book group, another from my #MustReadIn2017 list, and some lovely picture books.
Now: I have an arc of a book whose publication is in mid-February, Isaac The Alchemist by Mary Losure, non-fiction story of Isaac Newton's growing up. It's terrific!
Next: The Newbery honor book I haven't read: The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hatem Aly. I imagine I found it so quickly from the library before the awards happened! Lucky me!
I loved hearing about all the awards, was excited for some, disappointed that a few favorites were not mentioned.
I haven't read "A Man Called Ove", maybe soon, but it has been interesting how others kept telling me they were disappointed in this book after reading Backman's first. I had no comparison, but did struggle for a while because I am a grandmother, though maybe not so crazy as Granny who is Elsa's grandmother in this story. And I do have an "almost eight" year old granddaughter whom I often compared to Elsa. Elsa, a gifted "almost" eight year old, has to face quite a lot of problems in this book. Granny has died and left her a series of letters that set her on an adventure like no other, into a land of fantastical tales that were created long before Elsa was around, but that is one more tale to be told. Sometimes I was so exasperated by the actions by Elsa, and wondered if it was reasonable for an "almost" eight year old to sneak out of her apartment to do the things she did. After knowing that some kinds of super-heroes were indeed watching out for her, I settled in and loved how Backman slowly revealed the stories of all the characters. Elsa had quite a lonely and frightening path to follow, but she wasn't always alone, for which I was thankful to discover. There is a quote that encompasses the flavor of this story, that thread that holds on to Elsa tightly: "And Maud bakes cookies, because when the darkness is too heavy to bear and too many things have been broken in too many ways to ever be fixed again, Maud doesn't know what weapon to use if one can't use dreams." Perhaps those who haven't enjoyed this do not realize how complex lives can be, and how hidden the stories. And perhaps looking again at someone is the greater lesson? I loved it.
Planet Bobarp is a place, unlike planet Earth, perhaps? I’m late reading t his, and love every part. The clever wording and slow-motion message will be terrific to read aloud and see what others think about it. Being best friends is a good thing until conflict happens, and then one must decide how to fix it. Making a story humorous can sometimes help make hard things fun to talk about.
it’s a delightful book of joyous pictures and spare text where two unlikely creatures, a greyhound and a groundhog meet, frolic, and on page after page go around and around, until they meet something that “astounds”. Great to see and enjoy.
This cat is wealthy but that’s never enough, is it? He has the most rice, the finest clothes, the highest pagoda, yet is not satisfied, Then comes a drought, and the rice field dry up, the villagers move away, and the cat is left. He struggles to give up his fine possessions, but there comes a day when he must leave, or starve. Finding his way to a temple, one monk gives the cat a lesson he won’t forget. Rich conversations will come from this tale. The collaged illustrations are extraordinary, some cut and painted paper, some torn paper.
In this story, Jolene Thompson lets a young fox tell the story. As Justin Thompson shows in the first pages, the fox's home forest has been cleared for new homes. He wanders through the neighborhood remembering good times with family, like running through the undergrowth of shade trees after playing all day. Now he's faced with yards and a fence with a sign saying "keep out." He misses catching frogs with his sister and swimming with his brother. He speaks of the good times with his mother and father. In simple text with heartbreaking pictures of a lonely fox, one can see what a challenge losing a home can be for an animal. The ending shows hope, however, for a special underpass and protected habitat is being built for animals just like the fox. There is an additional explanation of the history of these special wildlife crossings, most in The Netherlands, some in the U.S. There is a time when parents or teachers must explain the problems animals have when people start clearing their habitats.This will be a terrific book to use in discussions about this environmental problem.
The illustrations fill this story in magic about a little girl who's not sleepy yet, but as she follows nighttime rituals, and asks about other creatures who sleep, she learns their habits, too, and follows them one by one, finally snuggling "deep as a bear' and like the strong tiger, falls "fast asleep". Remember "Red Sings From Treetops: A Year In Colors"? This is another whimsical and delightful book illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. Aside from the beauty of each page, there is whimsey in the details, like that tiger snuggling up with a Raggedy Anne doll. It's a wonderful book.