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Picture Book Monday, the early edition

Most of my friends are heading back to prepare for the opening of school. Aside from the trip to the wedding, I do not think I have had a summer vacation (yet). However, I have had a summer filled with books, books, and more books. So, I started this morning with 3 new picture books fresh from the boxes.





BRONTORINA by James Howe with illustrations by Randy Cecil (Candlewick 2010) is about a dino that wants to study ballet. There are a couple of obstacles not the least of which is her size. Watch out during her jete! All ends happily, of course, with a splendid solution and a gigantic pair of ballerina slippers. <321>






Cecil Castellucci (Beige, Rose Sees Red, Plain Kanes) proves she can write for the younger audience in GRANDMA'S GLOVES (CANDLEWICK 2010). Illustrated by Julia Denos, this is the story of a young girl (unnamed as is the case with some of the most wonderful universal books by Eve Bunting and Charlotte Zolotow) who adores her grandmother and enjoys working with her in the garden. When her grandmother dies, she must find some way to console herself and commemorate their special relationship. <322>






Finally, David Ezra Stein gives us INTERRUPTING CHICKEN (Candlewick 2010), a perfect read aloud about a father trying to share a bedtime story with his son who constantly interrupts and changes the story and brings it to a crashing close. I think this would work well as a mentor text for writing with young readers and also be a way for teachers to see how many of the "familiar" fairy tales are really familiar to students. <323>

Now, to clear the desk a tad more, to write some other stuff, and then (I hope) to return with a later edition of PBM
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