Picture Book Review ~ Yellow Favorites Part 2

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We’re still gray and gloomy in my little corner of the world so we’ve got a few more bright and shiny books to perk up the atmosphere.

The Book of Mistakes Book Review

 

The Book of Mistakes

Written and Illustrated by: Corinna Luyken

Number of Pages: 56

Age Range: 4-8

Rating: 5/5

An unbidden blob of ink on the first page morphs from a mistake into a unique girl’s face. The smudges and misshapen things that happen along the way all get incorporated into the illustrations (or hidden behind bushes!) to create something unexpectedly magical. This is a fantastic illustration of how life is just not perfect, but with a little ingenuity and a positive attitude everything can be used for something good even if it doesn’t fit into our original plan.  The text is anything but preachy though the message is obvious and the illustrations are quirky and endearing.

One of my favorite reads of the year! Check out my Instagram feed for a few more images from inside.

My Uncle Emily Book Review

My Uncle Emily

Written by: Jane Yolen

Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 6-10

Rating: 3.5/5

Gilbert’s “Uncle” is none other than the poet Emily Dickinson who wears dresses like a girl but writes poems and studies nature like a man. When she gives him a dead bee and poem to take to his school teacher it leads to Gilbert’s getting into a fight and telling a small lie. Emily encourages him to “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant” and eventually all becomes clear.

Written in free verse (similar to Dickinson’s poems) and based on true events and the poet’s own words, this is a lovely little episode that would fit in nicely as part of an author study or poetry unit.

Papa's Backpack Book Review

Papa’s Backpack

Written and Illustrated by: James Christopher Carroll

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 4-8

Rating: 3/5

When a parent or loved one leaves to serve in the military it can be challenging for everyone left behind, but especially for children. Here, a small bear cub imagines being taken along when Papa leaves, staying safe and providing comfort and support from inside a special backpack. The text is sing-songy and repetitive, almost like a chant or mantra. The illustrations are bold and cheerful. The emphasis is on the emotions of missing someone rather than the realities of the dangers they face while they’re gone.

I have a few more sunny yellow volumes to share to keep the gloom at bay so stay tuned!

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