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Snow

Snow Description:

b i Snow i is a i New York Times i Outstanding Book of the Year and a Caldecott Honor Book b br i i br i It s snowing said boy with dog i br i It s only a snowflake said grandfather with beard i br br No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella Not even the television or the radio forecasters But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular and when flakes start to swirl down on the city they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it br br Uri Shulevitz playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city is perfectly captured in simple poetic text and lively watercolor and pen and ink illustrations

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

How I Learned Geography

How I Learned Geography Description:

Having fled from war in their troubled homeland a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country Food is scarce so when the boy s father brings home a map instead of bread for supper at first the boy is furious But when the map is hung on the wall it floods their cheerless room with color As the boy studies its every detail he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could br br The award winning artist s most personal work to date is based on his childhood memories of World War II and features stunning illustrations that celebrate the power of imagination An author s note includes a brief description of his family s experience two of his early drawings and the only surviving photograph of himself from that time br i How I Learned Geography i is a Caldecott Honor Book and a Bank Street Best Children s Book of the Year

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

The Treasure

The Treasure Description:

Three times a voice comes to Isaac in his dreams and tells him to go to the capital city and look for a treasure under the bridge by the royal palace Feeling a little foolish perhaps but determined to see for himself if the dream is true Isaac sets out on his long journey What he finds makes a surprising and heart warming ending to this retelling of a well known folk tale In a few words Cadelcott Medal winner Uri Shulevitz draws a man who is innocent enough to have faith in a dream and wise enough to understand the greatest reward of all br br Isaac s solitary journey his arrival at hte vast city and his discovery there are all enriched by Mr Shulevitz s beautifully detailed illustrations which masterfully capture the spirit of the original tale while keeping it simple enough for the very youngest reader br br i The Treasure i is a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year

Rating: 3.38 out of 5

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books Description:

To create a good picture book or story book you must understand how the two differ in concept A story book tells a story with words Although the pictures amplify it the story can be understood without them The pictures have an auxiliary role because the words themselves contain images In contrast a true picture book tells a story mainly or entirely with pictures

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

Dusk

Dusk Description:

One December afternoon boy with dog and grandfather with beard take a walk to watch the sun begin to set over the river When the sun drops low in the sky they start home Buildings grow dimmer People are rushing As nature s lights go out one by one city s lights turn on revealing brilliant Hanukkah Kwanza and Christmas displays in streets homes and stores A stunning picture book that s sure to be a winter holiday classic by Caldecott Medalist Uri Shulevitz

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

So Sleepy Story

So Sleepy Story Description:

In a sleepy sleepy house everything is so sleepy until music drifts in through an open window Chairs begin to rock dishes begin to dance and a sleepy boy opens his eyes to the revelry of the once sleepy house Then softly the music drifts out and everything is sleepy sleepy once more br br With his soothing text and gentle whimsical illustrations Uri Shulevitz has created the ultimate sleepy sleepy bedtime story br br i So Sleepy Story i is a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

One Monday Morning

One Monday Morning Description:

One Monday morning the king the queen and the little prince came to visit me But i wasn t home

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Troto and the Trucks

Troto and the Trucks Description:

Troto is a happy little car who likes to go places One day after a long drive he arrives in Cactusville where he meets some big trucks But when those big trucks laugh at how small Troto is Troto doesn t feel very happy anymore so he challenges them to a race to show them just what a little car can do After Troto wins the race the trucks apologize and little Troto drives off into the sunset casting a big shadow

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

Dawn

Dawn Description:

i Dawn i is a New York Times Book Review Notable Children s Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century

The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century Description:

b Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century b br br Imagine a time when streets were narrow and dirty towns were surrounded by walls brigands lurked alongside roads that were treacherous and few bridges over rivers were rare and a man setting out on a journey never knew if he would return alive It was the year when the medieval Jewish traveler Benjamin left his native town of Tudela in northern Spain on an adventure to see the places he had read about in the Bible He traveled for fourteen years from Rome to Constantinople to Jerusalem to Baghdad among others by ship by cart and on foot enduring great hardships in his quest for knowledge of other places and people br br Working from Benjamin s original chronicle written in Hebrew as well as other sources on the period Uri Shulevitz captures the true spirit of this amazing adventurer using a text written in the first person and superlative illustrations br br i The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela i is a Bank Street Best Children s Book of the Year

Rating: 3.66 out of 5