“No shame can come to such as you,” said one of the peris [to Wali Dad]. “Thought your clothes are poor, in your heart you are a king.” Although my absolute favourite picture books tend mostly to be the funny or silly ones, throughout my life I’ve always been enchanted as well by folk tales. […]
We’re riding on a caravan, a bumpy, humpy caravan, We’re riding on a caravan to places far away. When I first spotted this book, I was initially excited and then almost immediately wary. I love the idea of books that convey interesting historical and cultural information to kids in an entertaining way, but my experience […]
Wabi Sabi is a way of seeing the world that is at the heart of Japanese culture. It finds beauty and harmony in what is simple, imperfect, natural, modest, and mysterious. It can be a little dark, but it is also warm and comfortable. It may best be understood as a feeling rather than as […]
And there in the wall is an ancient door In a place Miri knows there was no door before Its hinges are rusty, it’s painted pale blue. It slowly groans open and Miri steps through. It is difficult to categorize Miri and the Magic Door. It is not text-heavy, yet the vocabulary and concepts are […]
“Give me back my bean!” the angry old bachelor shouted. “By the hair of my grandmother’s beard! It is only a miserable bean!” exclaimed the imp. “Look, here is a magic pot. Ask for whatever you want to eat, and it will appear. Only keep the noise down—I hate a racket!” A grumpy old bachelor […]
Making an apple pie is really very easy. First, get all the ingredients at the market. Mix them well, bake, and serve. Unless, of course, the market is closed. With that seemingly innocuous sentence, a grand adventure begins in Marjorie Priceman’s How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.
I have three first names. Brian Banana and Duck. My last name is Yellow. This is my room at Na-na and Grumpy Yellow’s place. Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow is a little bit odd, a little bit silly, and a big hit with the preschool set, perhaps because it looks and reads a bit like […]
Although I’m not generally given to superlatives, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to describe To Market! To Market! from India’s Tara Publishing as an extraordinary picture book, and an amazing contribution to the current (and hopefully continuing) trend towards more multicultural children’s books
In Paris’ Latin Quarter, Chef Marcel owns a fancy bistro called Le Bistrot des Sept Frères, or The Bistro of the Seven Brothers. Le Bistrot des Sept Frères has the very best in mouse cuisine. Anyone who is anyone eats there. It is the hippest place in Paris! Tell me you’re not intrigued after that […]
Wh…what! H…how? Wh…why? Wh…which? CROCODILE! CROCODILE! In the ditch! As always, Anushka Ravishankar has produced a story that is simple but delightful, funny and distinctive.