Archive for ‘Picture Book’

May 21, 2011

Little Pea

Little Pea
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Jen Corace
Copyright 2005 Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0-8118-4658-X
Genre: Picture Book

Little Pea is a silly little book that any preschooler is certain to love.  Little Pea is depicted as a typical young child living with is parents.  However, one part of his life is different: he hates candy – and he must eat it in order to have dessert.  The watercolor and ink illustrations enhance the simplicity of the story yet appear lively when placed on the bright white background of the pages.  If you enjoy Little Pea, be sure to find the other titles by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Little Hoot and Little Oink.

May 20, 2011

The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand
Author: Audrey Penn
Illustrators: Ruth E. Harper & Nancy M. Leak
Copyright 1993 Child & Family Press
ISBN: 0-87868-585-5
Genre: Picture Book

The first day of school for many young children can be a day filled with fear and apprehension.  Leaving one’s parents and entering a world filled with strangers and uncertainty can certainly cause kids to worry.  The Kissing Hand is one of those stories that can help ease the nervousness students feel as they begin a new school year.  The main character, a small raccoon who his beginning his first year of school, faces the same feelings and his mother is provides a unique method for him to remember her love while he is away.  Children will be able to identify with the characters and can feel a sense of calm as they go into an unknown world with Chester Raccoon in mind.  Additionally, a discussion about nocturnal animals can begin with the reading of this book as Chester attends school at night.  Overall, The Kissing Hand is an excellent read!

May 15, 2011

The Carrot Seed

The Carrot Seed
Author: Ruth Krauss
Illustrator: Crockett Johnson
Copyright 1945 Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-06-443210-8
Genre: Picture Book

From the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Carrot Seed is a simple classic that should be a part of every young child’s library.  With its straightfoward text and crisp illustrations, it can be easily read by early readers.  Krauss uses several repetitive phrases throughout the story which assists the early reader and also helps illustrate the theme.  The Carrot Seed offers a message of hope and perseverence to the reader, which is especially beneficial to young children who may feel discouraged by adults in their lives.