Dan is constantly bullied by a kids at school. He learns from a new friend's grandfather through conversation and lessons how to learn and teach others through peaceful reactions and behavior towards others. The illustrations literally glow with the light of understanding as this young boy finds his way to understanding the power of reaching out to others who, while they may appear violent and angry, are truly lonely and hurt inside.
Peter Sis masterfully tells and illustrates the story of his childhood through early adulthood living in the Czech Republic under the repression Soviet government. Using snippets from his journal, stories of his family life and schooling, notable moments in world history and world politics, he personalizes this time period, making it very much a human story of art and the desire for personal freedom triumphing over brutal, violent repression. Sis show the power of the collective human spirit through his storytelling and his intricate artwork that begs repeat readings by upper elementary aged children through adult.
This is a fine children's biography of Barack Obama. It simples and eloquently traces his physical journey from Hawaii to Indonesia, back to Hawaii and then Illinois. Intertwined in the telling is a poetic description of his emotional journey in coming to understand who he is and where he belongs. This compelling storytelling clearly shows the reader how such an individual made it into the white house, including his the value he places on helping others, inclusiveness, social justice, and world peace.The realistic, full color illustrations beautifully accompany the storyline. The paintings including Barack are strikingly photographic in quality.
This well-loved classic about a young boy in a shipwreck, saved by a wild stallion stranded on a tropical island, and finally rescued to return home with his horse savior is a bit of a period piece, to be savored by those immersed or interested in the time period in which it was written, the 1940s, or the genre, horse/coming of age stories. For today's readers there are no surprises in this story, nor are there any thematic layers to explore beyond the obvious-boy-overcomes-odds-with-horse-as -his-passion theme. Farley tells a somewhat predicable story about a boy and his horse. They have a tough journey, overcoming odds here and there, with people doubting them, and then they succeed to beat the odds. If this story were told today, it would likely include peer complications, family strife, community challenges and maybe some racial tension. We expect more from our best literature today in the 21st century.The illustrations go a fair way to add to the dramatic tension of the novel, The artist know horses well and shows them in all their powerful motion, lending movement to the novel that the writing do not have, until the end.
Tim tells the story of his family and the community in which they live, Redding, after his brother joins the patriots in the Revolutionary War. Sam's divisive decision upsets the family dynamic and increases tension between the neighbors. All the while Tim, who admires his brother more than anyone, wrestles with him own political attitudes and, equally importantly, growing into manhood. This coming of age novel vividly depicts life in colonial and revolutionary America. Because it seems to authentically capture so many human emotions around both growing up ideas about war, this novel remains accessible to middle readers today. The Collier brothers bring readers into the heart and mind of a believable young man during one of the most significant periods in our national and world history.
A visual treasure, this book takes the reader on a journey with Madlenka around her neighborhood block on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. On her trip to show off her loose tooth, Madlenka enjoys sharing the news with the French Baker, Asian shopkeeper, German storyteller, Indian news vendor and more. One gets a taste of city living, the thrill of sharing with friends and the excitement of a loose tooth. Sis' illustrations are charming and surprising. In order to take it all in, the reader needs to read close and sping the book in a circle. Definitely not a natural read-aloud. Better to share with a single friend.
The Beaumonts are an unusual family living in the wide open territory of Kansaska-Nebransas to adequately secrete some of their awesome and superhuman powers from the general population. Mibs is about to come into her own unique power on her thirteenth birthday, but before she does her father is badly hurt in a car accident. From there, events unfold rapid fire, with unlikely individuals, some even strangers, thrown together on a complicated mission. Our heroine learns about herself, develops self-confidence and empathy for others. Perhaps most importantly, Mibs learns how to use her special power to help herself and others. Ingrid Law is a clever storyteller; she is quick with wit and charming turns of phrase and tells an important story.
Piper Reed is quite the whiuppersnapper character, full of fun, teasing, sassiness and samrts. She is the middle sister of three, in a navy family that moves a lot. Her father is a chief in the navy and is gone for long stretches of time, during which the family really misses him alot. Piper must contend with beginning and ending school at times that others don't. She is constantly making and leaving friends. This hardship and the hardship of her absent father is buffered by the loving family life Piper enjoys, where each member is open, expressive, and forgiving. This is a book to be enjoed by all, perhaps esspecially by military kids or those who have recently moved or are planning to.
This is a cute parade of vignettes featuring an alternating pair, a boy and a girl, in scenes where they are feeling good about themselves and what that allows them to do on their own and with others. The reader enjoys seeing what it feels like when you try something new, write a get-well card for a friend and even do your chores. The action-packed and sometimes silly illustrations bring these ideas to life.
This is the story of amazing Alice, Teddy Roosevelt's irrepressible daughter. She would not be tamed, ever. As a young girl she ran roughshod through the White House, refused to go to school, joined an all-boys club , to name just a few of her antics. As she grew up, this extroverted, pushing-the-limits-of-convention behvior simply never let up. Alice wowed the world and the tabloids with her exploits. all were not frivolous, however. She become one of her father's trusted advisors, in fact. The deligthfully active illustrations that run off the pages in all directions lends a quality of energy to match that of the effervesecent Alice. The reader can't help but be pulled into her rollicking ride through life.