Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Crayons: What's New On Our Shelves

Remember when you were a kid and getting new crayons was a big deal? Getting new books holds the same kind of magic for some of us big kids. Every week on Sunday, I post what's new in our box. I think crayons is a pretty cool metaphor for multicultural lit. Every week we receive a book is a good week.

This week we have all children titles, all donations:

Scarlette Beane by Karen Wallace, illustrated by Jon Berkeley
When Scarlette is five she is given her own garden. After planting her seeds her fingers glow in the night. The next day her vegetables are so big the neighbors have to come with construction vehicles to harvest the crop, and everyone has to eat outside... See full reveiw at Maya Reads.

Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life by Jan Reynolds
is a primer for teaching ecology and sustainability to elementary school children. But it is also an engaging photo documentary of Bali, the land and the social and spiritual interdependency of rice and the Balinese people. My 5-year-old thoroughly enjoyed our exploration of this book together. Jan Reynolds thoughtfully connects science and social studies with visual imagery that explains a rather complex system in a way children as young as five can understand. See full review at Bees Knees Reads.

Flower Girl Butterflies by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illustrated by Christiane Kromer
When I read this story to my four-year-old great-niece, Carolina, she asked so many questions about being a flower girl. Sarah is the little girl whose aunt asks her to be the flower girl in her wedding. You can see Sarah on the cover. Isn't she beautiful? But she is so scared about walking from way, way in back of the church to way, way down to the front. Full review at Amazon by Judy P.

What did you get this week from the library, bookstore or on trade?

Drop us a link to your crayon post and you'll be entered in a random drawing for a free book from our Prize Bucket.


Bonnie Jacobs said...

How did that one get there, the one that says only "Bonnie"? It links to my post, but it was already there when I arrived after posting my list of new books. That's just plain strange! Earlier I had looked at what you posted, Susan, then went to write mine. I don't freak out easily, but ... just sayin'.

susan said...

Habit. I saw your post and added it before you came back.

April (BooksandWine) said...

I only got two new crayons this week :-(

But am super excited to read them!! I got Grease Towns by Ann Towell and Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. :-)