I have about thirty folktale picture books, but I'm always on the lookout for more. I also love cats with attitudes, sarcasm, and sweet bedtime stories. That's about the only way I know how to explain this eclectic mix of titles. Oh, and I won a book too! I'll share more details at the end of this post.
THE FOOL OF THE WORLD AND THE FLYING SHIP
A Russian Tale
Retold by Arthur Ransome
Pictures by Uri Shulevitz
When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way.
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship was a winner of the 1969 Caldecott Medal.
(Click here to read the reviews of this book.)
The Amazing Hamweenie by Patty Bowman
A truly unique debut about a precocious cat with BIG dreams.
Dressed in his signature top hat and black cape, Hamweenie is poised to earn his place among the most famous celebrities and daredevils of all time. From the stage to the red carpet, the skies to the sea, Hamweenie believes, without a doubt, that he will be the greatest star the world has ever seen.
The horrors of reality, alas, befall him: a beautiful apartment, a loving little girl, his every need fulfilled to excess. His treats are simply too delicious. His pillows? Beyond luxurious. Such torture! Hamweenie must escape! But with his wretchedly wonderful owner appearing at every turn, will he ever make it out of the apartment?
From debut author and illustrator Patty Bowman comes a picture book about the secret life of cats and about dreaming big--no matter what your species.
This next one is an absolute riot. I should have ordered it a long time ago:
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Bird wakes up feeling grumpy. Too grumpy to eat or play — too grumpy even to fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," says Bird. He walks past Sheep, who offers to keep him company. He walks past Rabbit, who also could use a walk. Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox join in, too.
Before he knows it, a little exercise and companionship help Bird shake his bad mood. This winsome, refreshingly original picture book is sure to help kids (and grown-ups) giggle away theirs, too!
(So darn funny, and the illustrations are precious!)
And here's another sweet picture book. It's fresh off the press:
Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld
The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls (while zebras referee). Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!
I saw the book trailer and had to have it. My grandson collects trains:
And check out what I won on the Silver Dolphin Books Blog:
Build the Human Body by Richard Walker
Illustrations by Mark Ruffle and Galia Bernstein
Age Range: 6 and up
The ancient Greeks had it right: “Know thyself.” One of the keys to knowing thyself is knowing how the body works. Build the Human Body will teach you about the body’s building blocks, help you build its framework, and show you how to map the organs. Have fun while learning, and see the human body like never before through colorful illustrations, fascinating facts, and by building your very own human skeleton.
*Build the Human Body includes an informative 32-page book plus 66 model pieces that slot together for children ages 6 and up.
*Assemble your own 2 ½-foot-tall human skeleton. No scissors or glue required.
*With this interactive guide, you’ll learn all kinds of fascinating facts about the human body, like why your heart beats 70 times per minute, how your muscles help you run and jump, what protects you against germs and the sun’s harmful rays, and more!
(Now what kid wouldn't want to build a skeleton?)
And I love that every page in this book is filled with interesting facts and amazing illustrations:
Wouldn't this be great in the classroom? Parents and educators take note!
Be sure to check out the publisher's website. They have a fun list of titles:
Silver Dolphin Books publishes activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds. Highly interactive formats such as the Field Guides and Uncover series both educate and entertain older children. The lovable characters of the Maurice Pledger series and the boldly illustrated Snappy Sounds series appeal to both young children and parents alike.