This tale’s gorgeous images and graceful poetry should inspire travelers to see the world’s beauty.

MY TRAVEL ALPHABET

26 MAGICAL PLACES ON EARTH

Inviting locations around the world fill the pages of this illustrated, rhyming alphabet book.

“A is for alleyways, all painted blue,” readers are told, as a White girl and a tan-skinned boy walk down a blue street in Chefchaouen, the “blue city” of Morocco. On each page, a short phrase describes the remarkable thing about a place (named in small print), with the same two kids appearing somewhere in a glorious spread of color and magic. Ratti’s fluid poetry leads readers from one page to the next, across five of the seven continents, visiting attractions both well known (the Valley of the Queens in Luxor, Egypt) and less frequently represented (the reflective salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia). The majestic sites are wide ranging. Some showcase ancient landmarks; others feature natural wonders (the monarch migration in Angangueo, Mexico) or popular celebrations (the Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand). While the larger text on each page is designed for youngsters to decipher, the vocabulary words (pointedmonarchs) may require emergent readers to pause to sound them out. Lap readers will happily pore over Bergeron’s lovely digital illustrations, which capture the enchantment of each of these places in the realism of her landscapes. Half of the book features locations in the Americas, with Africa and Asia each showing up for five letters, Europe three, and Australia and Antarctica missing from the story.

This tale’s gorgeous images and graceful poetry should inspire travelers to see the world’s beauty.

Pub Date: Nov. 20, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-73783-011-5

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Rattling Press

Review Posted Online: March 24, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2022

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A comical, fresh look at crayons and color

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THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT

Duncan wants to draw, but instead of crayons, he finds a stack of letters listing the crayons’ demands in this humorous tale.

Red is overworked, laboring even on holidays. Gray is exhausted from coloring expansive spaces (elephants, rhinos and whales). Black wants to be considered a color-in color, and Peach? He’s naked without his wrapper! This anthropomorphized lot amicably requests workplace changes in hand-lettered writing, explaining their work stoppage to a surprised Duncan. Some are tired, others underutilized, while a few want official titles. With a little creativity and a lot of color, Duncan saves the day. Jeffers delivers energetic and playful illustrations, done in pencil, paint and crayon. The drawings are loose and lively, and with few lines, he makes his characters effectively emote. Clever spreads, such as Duncan’s “white cat in the snow” perfectly capture the crayons’ conundrum, and photographic representations of both the letters and coloring pages offer another layer of texture, lending to the tale’s overall believability.

A comical, fresh look at crayons and color . (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: June 27, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-399-25537-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Philomel

Review Posted Online: April 15, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2013

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While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...

ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN

Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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