Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give Kathryn’s (at Book Date) “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme a kidlit focus, reviewing books in children’s literature (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in the world of kidlit). If you enjoy this type of reading, join us every Monday!
We had a wonderful trip to Texas, taking care of my mom after her knee replacement surgery. She’s healing up beautifully, so I’m relieved. I traveled with my oldest and youngest this time, so I’ll share a picture of us all together the day we arrived and some photos my mom asked me to take of my girls while we were there (our three boys stayed home with their daddy).
Today is the first day of school at the college. My oldest is 14 and will be taking her very first face-to-face college coursework this semester. At least she’s attending the same college where hubby and I teach — I’m glad we’ll all still be in close proximity. WHEW! So… on to my reading for the week. I didn’t get to visit and comment on all participants’ blogs last week (due to travel), but hopefully I can make the usual rounds this week.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
John Parra, illustrator
September 5, 2017
Children’s Picture Book
I picked this up from our college library. It seems I’ve been seeing a lot of books on Frida Kahlo, but I missed this one from this past year. This picture book focuses mostly on Frida Kahlo’s childhood and teenage years, but hits a little bit on her adulthood, too. We learn all about her favorite animals (dogs, cat, turkeys, monkeys, and even a fawn) and how they kept her company. She also liked to included them in her paintings. This book showcases the feisty part of Frida’s personality and is sure to interest children who march to the beat of their own drum. The book includes a lengthy “author’s note” at the end providing more details about Frida’s life and accomplishments. The notes do not specify how the artwork was completed in this book, but it’s worth mentioning that it took the Pura Belpre Award for illustrator for 2018. 🙂 I’ll provide one spread, below:
What Can You Do With a Rebozo?
Amy Cordova, illustrator
April 1, 2008
Tricycle Press, Crown Publishing Group,
Random House, Inc.
This is an older picture book I’ve read before, but I was drawn back to it this week. I’ve mentioned, in the past, that I’ve worked in the birthing world with midwifery, doulas, and other obstetrical staff (and even home birthed my last three babies after my first two were born via cesarean). Well, MY first introduction to the rebozo wasn’t even mentioned in this book — they are used a great deal in pre-labor, labor, and delivery. They cradle the baby belly, gently rock the baby into a good birthing position, and then help momma move and relax as she births her baby. One of my birth colleagues from Texas, Gena Garcia-Kirby, carefully crafts these beautiful woven shawls and puts on entire workshops demonstrating how to use them. So yes, I was personally drawn to this book and enjoyed seeing all the other practical AND creative ways a robozo is used. The colorful artwork was created with acrylic paint on paper. NOTE: This book won a 2009 Pura Belpre Illustration Honor.
It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk
Edwardian Taylor, illustrator
September 19, 2017
Publisher: Two Lions
Children’s Picture Book
This is a really cute fractured fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack realizes what’s happening with his story, so he takes over and re-writes the tale. While the narrator might be frustrated, young readers are sure to enjoy hearing Jack’s and the giant’s take on how things are supposed to turn out. Here’s one cute page-spread from the story:
To Be Read:
I’m finishing Reaper this week and I would like to at least get started on Benefits of Being an Octopus. YAY!
Have a WONDERFUL reading week, everyone!