X, Y, Z

When I was looking for books with x,y and z, I thought I would try something different. I put them together and here’s what happened. I found out that x and y got along very well and zero is definitely a star.

Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

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This beautiful tale about kindness will keep your heart warm. Jon Klassen’s illustrations complement the story to perfection.

Zero the Hero

By Joan Holub and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

 

When the numbers think zero is not worth anything, he finds the opportunity to prove them wrong. An adventure with numbers illustrated with humor.

 

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W is for Wash

Washing clothes and washing cars.

When I was small, I loved to color. One of my coloring book  was showing two characters  doing a different activity  for everyday of the week. I remember that Monday was wash day. I grew up hearing stories from my mother and grandmother about how washing clothes was an event for which a whole day was devoted to. On warm summer days I sometimes washed my dolls clothes and hung them up to dry. Four kids later, wash day became more frequent and less of  an event but I still love watching the clothes float on the line and the fresh smell they bring in with them.

Washday 

by Eve Bunting

illustrated by Brad Sneed

If no one ever told you how the wash was done back in the old days, here is your chance to find out.

Car Wash by Sandra and Susan Steen

illustrated by G. Brian Karas

This book describes the car wash experience through the eyes of a child with illustrations successfully taking the readers much further.

V is for very

Here are three very different books with the word very in the title:

When Stella was very very small 

by Marie Louise-Gay

 

This beautiful book takes us into Stella’s world where imagination and creativity have no limits.

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be by Mini Grey

 

 

 

 

The classic story of the Princess and the Pea told from the point of view of the pea.

Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House 

by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

It could be difficult to make a new house, a home. Cardboard boxes and imagination can spark a friendship that will do just that.

 

U is for upon

These two books have that little something that make them stand out among all the others.

Is it that once upon …hook?

Once Upon a Rainy Day

By Edouard Manceau

first published in French as C’est l’Histoire d’une Histoire 

translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ourlou

This is the story of a story which always happens on sunny days. On rainy days, it becomes a totally different story as none of the characters go out. This explains their absence from the illustrations.

Once Upon  a Memory

by Nina Laden and illustrated by Renata Liwska

Through beautiful heartwarming illustrations, a child wonders if what he sees remembers what it once was. A fuzzy, cozy story!

 

 

 

 

 

T is for Time

So many books, so little time!

Here are two books dealing with time in very different ways. While the first one is about precious moments in time, turning into unforgettable memories, the other takes us through a day, one hour at a time.

Time of Wonder

by Robert McCloskey

This book beautifully describes the beauty and joy of spending the summer on an island. The author’s love for the islands of Maine will bring anyone back to their own precious memories of summers spent by the water.

What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?

Debi Gliori

This lovely bedtime story, shows a gentle Mr Wolf going about his day, unaware of the surprise awaiting him. The illustrations are filled with references to familiar stories and nursery rhymes.

S is for Small

These two books beautifully explore the theme of being small in a big world.

Something Big

by Sylvie  Neeman

illustrated by Ingrid Godon

Originally published in French under the title: Quelque Chose de Grand. This profound book tells the story of a little boy who wishes to do something he can control. In his search to explain himself to his father who tries to relate, the boy stumbles upon the answer as they walk on the beach The simple illustrations beautifully show that good guidance will lead to independence.

Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night

by Jon Davis

This book explores the fear of the dark. By suggesting alternatives, to what Small blue thinks she may have seen, Big Brown convinces her that the dark does not need to be a scary place. A great bedtime story with beautiful illustrations.

 

 

R is for Red

We all know the story of the Little Red Riding Hood. Here are two completely different adaptations:

Little Red: a fizzingly good yarn

by Lynn M. Roberts

illustrated by David Roberts

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In the retelling of this classic story, where Little Red is a boy, the illustration reveal America in the late 18th century.

The Girl in Red

story by Roberto Innocenti, written by Aaron Frisch

illustrated by Roberto Innocenti

In this realistic adaptation, the author brings the woods to the city and shows what the story always suggested but was never revealed so clearly.

 

 

 

 

Q is for Questions

Whether you ask a question out of curiosity or out of interest, questions are asked to get answers and from those answers come knowledge.

Which book did I pick? you ask?

Questions, Questions

by Marcus Pfister

A beautiful and colorful rhyming board book full of questions waiting to be answered.

The three questions

by Jon J. Muth

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This book, based on a story by Leo Tolstoy about life experience and good judgement is told through beautiful water-color illustrations.

P is for Purple

If you ever ask a little girl what her favorite color is, chances are her answer will be purple. This post is for everyone who love purple.

Purple, Green and Yellow

by Robert Munsch

illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux

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When Brigid gets all the markers she wants and draws everything she can think of, what else can she do with them? A lovely story where art takes us beyond reality.

Lilly’s purple plastic purse

by Kevin Henkes

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Lilly finds it hard to keep her excitement and enthusiasm to herself and it makes her do something she regrets. Thankfully, there is a solution to every problem and Lilly knows just what to do.

 

O is for Oh

Oh No, George!

by Chris Haughton

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George is an adorable dog, a typical dog who is constantly torn between wanting to do what he loves and knowing that he shouldn’t. A book with lovely illustrations about learning from one’s mistakes and  learning self-control. lovely illustrations

Oh!

by Kevin Henkes

illustrated by Laura Dronzek

 

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A simple book that beautifully describes how animals and children love to play in the snow. lovely artwork