Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 13, 2017

Secret Life of Squirrels

The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose

“The third book in the popular series featuring photographic squirrels is sure to be a big Valentine’s Day hit!

This title is the companion to sleeper hit picture book The Secret Life of Squirrels and Merry Christmas, Squirrels! Featuring photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible picture book is sure to surprise and delight readers and animal lovers of every age!

Mr. Peanuts spends his days climbing trees and gathering nuts–but he wishes he had a Special Squirrel friend share his time with. When Mr. Peanuts receives a letter from a Secret Squirrel Admirer, he soon finds himself falling in love!” [JPB Rose]

Lotus and Feather

Lotus & Feather by Ji-li Jiang, illustrated by Julie Downing

“A winter illness left Lotus, a little girl, without a voice and without friends. A hunter’s bullet left Feather, a crane, injured and unable to fly. As Lotus nurses Feather back to health, their bond grows. Soon Feather is following Lotus everywhere, even to school! The bird dances to the girl’s reed whistle, much to the delight of the other children. One day, when the village floods, Feather helps raise the alarm as Lotus and her grandfather urge their neighbors to get to high ground. Feather is a true friend to Lotus, but the time comes when Lotus must be a true friend to him–by encouraging him to migrate with the rest of the cranes. The next spring, Feather miraculously returns, and that’s not all . . . he has brought new life to the nearby lake.

Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village, and graced with sensitive watercolor illustrations, this lovely book about respecting nature offers deep emotion and delightful surprises.” [J Jiang, J]
A Poem for Peter
A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, pictures by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
“A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats’s obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra’s dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats’s greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his — and Keats’s — neighborhood. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers” [JB Keats]
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