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Picture Book Wednesday Special Edition

I am at the office today playing catch up. So, I thought I would take some time periodically throughout the day to post out about some new picture books.

YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU: VERY SHORT FABLES TO READ TOGETHER (Little Brown, November 2010) is the latest in a series of reading together books by Mary Ann Hoberman with illustrations by Michael Emberley. Several Aesop fables are retold in verse here with the opportunity for parent/adult and child to read together. Some of the fables are more familiar (Fox and the Grapes, Ant and the Grasshopper) and some less so. Each, however, offers that perfect combination of two voices raised in story. <411>

Margarita Engle's latest offering is for children. In SUMMER BIRDS (Holt 2010), Engle and illustrator Julie Paschkis tell the story of a young girl named Maria Merian. Maria questioned the prevailing wisdom that insects were evil and were born from the mud. Instead, she collected caterpillars and observed them as they grew, cocooned, and then underwent their metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. She conducted other scientific experiments from a young age as well. Lush illustrations accompany an accessible text, one sure to inspire budding scientists. <412>
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