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16 April 2011 @ 09:00 am
a couple more picture books  

THE QUEEN OF FRANCE by Tim Wadham (Candlewick Press 2011) looks, at first glance, like many other "pink" books. And while the audience is decidedly female for this story, it is also one that I think boys will enjoy hearing. When Rose wakes up one morning, she decides to don regal clothes and be the Queen of France. She announces such to her mother and her father who play along. Later, when she changes back to her Rose-self, she inquires as to the whereabouts of the Queen. She also asks quietly if her parents might not prefer the Queen to Rose. Mom and Dad are always quick to love both the Queen and Rose as she moves in and out of her dual roles. Rose is a highly creative character; her parents provide her with unconditional love. What more is there to ask of a book? <179>

Margaret Peot gives budding artists a treat in INKBLOT: DRIP SPLAT AND SQUISH YOUR WAY TO CREATIVITY (Boyds Mills Press 2011). This nonfiction book begins with simple inkblots and then proceeds to make the lessons more complex by adding lines and using other tools and media. Step by step instructions and lots of kid-made examples ensure that this will be an artistic adventure enjoyed by all. <180>
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