Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Noah's Ark by Jerry Pinkney
There are many many childrens' versions of Noah's Ark, and few of them are good. This one, however, is a true keeper. Stunningly illustrated, the scenes are full of realistic animals and beautiful landscapes, but never chaotic. And the graceful prose fills the plot with gorgeous detail but doesn't differ from the bible version, or add new, superfluous characters.
The Gift of Driscoll Lipscomb by Sara Yamaka
A little girl receives a pot of paint from an adult artist friend in a single color at each birthday, starting with her 4th. As her palette expands, so does her understanding of the beauty of the world. Illustrated in a loose impressionistic style this is a very sweet and quiet book.
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
This far from Spring, I was happy to see any book about planting. And this one did not disappoint. As it took us thru the yearly cycle of planning, planting, waiting, and picking flowers we gasped in delight at the bold, bright, collages.