The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow

Posted by Sherry on 5/31/2017 in General, Picture Book Preschool, Summer reading |

Take an imaginary trip to the seashore. This 25th anniversary edition from Charlesbridge publishers of a Charlotte Zolotow classic is illustrated by Wendell Minor, not an illustrator I’m familiar with, but a talented one indeed. From what I can tell, the cover illustration for this new edition is new, but the inside illustrations are the […]


Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn

Posted by Sherry on 4/20/2017 in Picture Book Preschool |

Chester Raccoon is going to his friend Pepper Opossum’s house for a sleepover, “his first whole day away from home”. Chester, Pepper, and several other animal friends, including Sassafras Skunk, play together, learn to get along, and eventually, when they are “all tuckered out”, they curl up in the opossum’s hollow to go to sleep. […]


Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Posted by Sherry on 4/19/2017 in General, Picture Book Preschool |

I was only recently introduced to picture book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco, a gap in my kidlit education and appreciation if there ever was one. Ms. Polacco writes rich traditional family stories about children and their cultural heritage. Often the stories are based on or come from the Russian/Irish family history and traditions of […]


What Do You Say, Dear by Sesyle Joslin

Posted by Sherry on 2/20/2017 in General, Picture Book Preschool |

What Do You Say, Dear? A Book of Manners for All Occasions by Sesyle Joslin, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. What Do You Do, Dear? Proper Conduct for All Occasions by Sesyle Joslin, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. My favorite Maurice Sendak books are not those he wrote and illustrated himself, not even the wildly popular Where […]


Oh, Were They Ever Happy by Peter Spier

Posted by Sherry on 1/21/2017 in General, Picture Book Preschool, Summer reading |

This classic story of three children left “home alone” on a beautiful Saturday may be my favorite picture book of all time. It’s certainly in my top ten. The story begins: “It happened on a Saturday morning that Mrs. Noonan said to her husband, ‘When are you going to paint the outside of the house? […]


Amos and the Moon by Jan Balet

Posted by Sherry on 8/2/2016 in 1948, 2015, General, Picture Book Preschool |

Jan Balet “was a German/US-American painter, graphic artist and illustrator. Affected by the style naive art he worked particularly as a graphic artist and as an Illustrator of children’s books. Besides this he painted pictures in the style of naive art. Referred to as a “naïve” painter, his works exhibit a dry wit and refreshingly […]


Thumbelina, illustrated by Elsa Beskow

Posted by Sherry on 7/25/2016 in Art and artists, General, Picture Book Preschool |

In the mail the other day, I received a review copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina, illustrated by famous Swedish artist Elsa Beskow. Ms. Beskow’s illustrations are justly known throughout Sweden and the world as classic artwork, both for her own books and for stories by other authors. Of course, Andersen’s story of a tiny […]


Playground by Mies Van Hout

Posted by Sherry on 5/17/2016 in General, Netherlands, Picture Book Preschool |

Originally published in the Netherlands under the title Speeltuin, this visually rich and colorful picture book is fun to look through, if a little confusing. The pictures are stunning, busy, and lively. The plot is almost non-existent: two children travel through the pages of this colorful world on their way to The Playground. The reader […]


Sam and the Construction Site by Tjibbe Veldkamp

Posted by Sherry on 5/2/2016 in General, Picture Book Preschool |

This over-sized picture book is a translation from the Dutch, illustrated by the Dutch illustrator Alice Hoogstad and translated by Ineke Lenting. It translates well. Sam is a little boy who loves watching the big machines at the construction site and imagining himself driving the steamroller or manipulating the crane. One day he’s left to […]


Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf

Posted by Sherry on 4/14/2016 in 1938, General, Picture Book Preschool, Scotland |

Alastair Roderick Craigellachie Dalhousie Gowan Donnybristle MacMac, aka Wee Gillis, doesn’t know which he wants to be: a Lowlander like his mother’s relations, calling cows, or a Highlander like his father’s relatives, stalking stags. He tries both out, but in the end he turns out to be something else entirely. This picture book by Munro […]

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