Gem by Holly Hobbie
“During one especially hard winter, watercolorist Holly Hobbie found herself imagining the story of a determined toad’s spring journey. Her vivid depiction of this endearing creature’s glorious yet fragile world is a sparkling celebration of survival and renewal. From the muddy brown road outside a farmhouse to the sweet-smelling garden to the cool lily pads in the pond, readers will feel their senses rejuvenated by Holly Hobbie’s gemlike, detailed paintings in this nearly wordless work.” [JPB HOBBIE]
Flat Stanley at Bat by Jeff Brown
“When Stanley plays center field for his baseball team, he gets to show off his flat-tastic abilities. None of the other players can float to catch the highest hits, or earn walks from the fastest pitchers. But when the fairness of Stanley’s flatness is questioned by the other team, Stanley has to step up to bat and prove that he is a flat-out great baseball player — even when he’s plump.” I Can Read Level 2 [JE BROWN]
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
“No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.”
“For all the ten years of her life, HÀ has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree.
“But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. HÀ and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, HÀ discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of her very own family.
“This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.”
Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Young Peoples’ Literature. [J LAI]