On to books. Here are the picture books I read this morning while enjoying some coffee.
My better half admired the artwork in Stephen Alcorn's ODETTA: THE QUEEN OF FOLK (Scholastic Press, fall 2010). While I certainly think the art is stunning, the language is lyrical. That's kind of important, don't you think, in a book about someone who put folk music on the map and influenced Bob Dylan and countless others. I have decided that the text is a song, one Odetta would weave with her magical voice and thrumming guitar. I think I will head over to see if there are any Odetta tracks available on iTunes. LADDER RUNGS: Partridge's book on Woody Guthrie and John Lennon. And maybe add all of this to Deborah Wiles' COUNTDOWN?
IVY LOVES TO GIVE by Freya Blackwood is a good choice for sharing with children who "give" and "share" things that we then have to track down. Ivy does love to share, bless her heart. She shares grandma's glasses with the dog, baby's pacifier with the cat...you get the idea. (Arthur Levine Books, fall 2010) <215>
Shades of summer camp songs: IF YOU'RE A MONSTER AND YOU KNOW IT is a pattern book by Rebecca and Ed Emberley (Orchard Books, Fall 2010). If you are a monster, feel free to join in my twitching your tail, stomping your paws, roaring, etc. <216>
David Shannon is back with IT'S CHRISTMAS, DAVID! (Scholastic, fall 2010). Those who are familiar with the "David" books know what to expect. Still, the book made me giggle, too, as David runs naked down the street and does other things that might just end up with him getting a lump of coal for Christmas. <217>