A celebration of girlyness with a strong female character, this is sure to be a favorite of all who daydream in pink.

FLORABELLE

Meet Florabelle, “a little girl with big rosy-red dreams.”

Florabelle has wondrous visions of herself as queen, ballerina and cowgirl, festooned with flowers and awash in loveliness. But with her head always in the clouds, she is often late and seldom hears or listens to what others say. Whimsical, gently humorous text depicts Florabelle’s dreams and struggles, while sparkling, pink illustrations replete with sweetness spill over the pages as Florabelle decides to show she can be serious in order to go on a trip to the beach with her caring but exasperated family. When the ocean proves more daunting than she’d supposed, Florabelle ends up stranded on shore. Can she use her imagination to help her through? Perhaps a mermaid daydream will do….The pinkalicious renderings of fairylike daydreams are created by collaging Tcherevkoff’s photographs of flowers into Barrager’s cartoons; the often overwhelming effect does get across Florabelle’s consuming distraction. This candy-coated selection escapes princess clichés by allowing Florabelle to overcome her fears, rescue herself and learn how to focus to boot. And that focus comes in handy when it’s time for sleep—she hears every loving word her mother says while tucking her in bed.

A celebration of girlyness with a strong female character, this is sure to be a favorite of all who daydream in pink. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 21, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-06-229182-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2015

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A TREE IS NICE

A nursery school approach to a general concept. "A tree is nice"- Why? Because..."We can climb the tree...play pirate ship...pick the apples...build playhouses out of the leaves. A tree is nice to hang a swing in...Birds build nests in trees... Sticks come off trees...People have picnics there too"...etc. etc. One follows the give and take of a shared succession of reactions to what a tree- or trees- can mean. There is a kind of poetic simplicity that is innate in small children. Marc Simont has made the pictures, half in full color, and they too have a childlike directness (with an underlying sophistication that adults will recognize). Not a book for everyone -but those who like it will like it immensely. The format (6 x 11) makes it a difficult book for shelving, so put it in the "clean hands" section of flat books. Here's your first book for Arbor Day use- a good spring and summer item.

Pub Date: June 15, 1956

ISBN: 978-0-06-443147-7

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Harper

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1956

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Instills a sense of well-being in youngsters while encouraging them to explore the natural world.

YOU ARE HOME WITH ME

This reassuring picture book exemplifies how parents throughout the animal kingdom make homes for their offspring.

The narrative is written from the point of view of a parent talking to their child: “If you were a beaver, I would gnaw on trees with my teeth to build a cozy lodge for us to sleep in during the day.” Text appears in big, easy-to-read type, with the name of the creature in boldface. Additional facts about the animal appear in a smaller font, such as: “Beavers have transparent eyelids to help them see under water.” The gathering of land, air, and water animals includes a raven, a flying squirrel, and a sea lion. “Home” might be a nest, a den, or a burrow. One example, of a blue whale who has homes in the north and south (ocean is implied), will help children stretch the concept into feeling at home in the larger world. Illustrations of the habitats have an inviting luminosity. Mature and baby animals are realistically depicted, although facial features appear to have been somewhat softened, perhaps to appeal to young readers. The book ends with the comforting scene of a human parent and child silhouetted in the welcoming lights of the house they approach: “Wherever you may be, you will always have a home with me.”

Instills a sense of well-being in youngsters while encouraging them to explore the natural world. (Informational picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Nov. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63217-224-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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