APPLE CAKE - A RECIPE FOR LOVE published by Henry Holt. Alfonso loves beautiful, kind, brilliant Ida but she doesn't seem to notice him. So he bakes her a cake.
Most of the text is my great-grandmother's recipe for Apple Cake; the art shows the way that Alfonso's wild imagination carries out the simple recipe."A story that exudes a pervasive sense of magic and underscores how far one gladly will go in the name of love."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
WHO PUT THE COOKIES IN THE COOKIE JAR? by George Shannon, published by Henry Holt 2013 It's easy to take a cookie out of the cookie jar, but it takes a whole community of helping hands to put the cookies in. This book is a delicious cookie journey.
MOOSHKA: A Quilt Story, Peachtree 2012 Karla has a quilt that can talk - it tells her the stories of her family. But Mooshka is silent when Karla has to share the room with her new sister, until Karla shares Mooshka and the family stories."Vivid artwork, a lively, endearing heroine and a warm, loving look at a pivotal experience give this one classic potential." - Kirkus- starred review"With elegant simplicity and generously colored and patterned pages, this picture book from Paschkis shows how a family quilt can connect children to both the past and the present." Booklist - starred review
PABLO NERUDA:Poet of the People. By Monica Brown, Henry Holt 2011 "More than a heartwarming portrait of Chile's most revered poet, this splendid tribute to Pablo Neruda animates his global appeal with a visceral immediacy capable of seducing readers of any age....A visual and thematic stunner". Kirkus (starred review)
Winner of the AMERICAS AWARD, and an NCTE honor book.
SUMMER BIRDS: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle
This is the true story of a young girl who observes nature closely and dares to challenge the received wisdom about metamorphosis.
"Joyous and inspiring, this beautiful introduction to a passionate young scientist who defied grown-ups and changed history will spark children's own fascination with the natural world and its everyday dreams". Booklist,starred review
WHERE IS CATKIN? by Janet Lord, Peachtree Publishing 2010Catkin plays hide and seek with Amy and with the creatures in the world around him. Janet Lord’s simple and satisfying story of a mischievous cat is richly illustrated with pictures that celebrate the patterns and shapes found in nature.
BUILDING ON NATURE: The Life of Antoni Gaudi. by Rachel Rodriguez, published by Henry Holt 2010
"The team behind Through Georgia’s Eyes pays homage to another singular artist. Often framed by art nouveau embellishments, striking visuals in warm browns and greens show off Gaudí’s work—his organic architectural designs, fantastical ornamental pieces and shapely mosaic structures. Rodríguez’s gently poetic text follows Gaudí’s growth from a boy who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis as he observed his Catalonian world (“All around him is light, from, and/the Great Book of Nature./He will read from it all his life”), through his evolution as an increasingly bold artist. An enchanting introduction.” Publisher's Weekly review
THROUGH GEORGIA'S EYES
By Rachel Victoria Rodriguez, Henry Holt and Co, Spring 2006.In spare and elegant prose this book tells the story of the life and work of the great American painter Georgia O'Keeffe. The illustrations are done in collage to honor but not imitate the work of O'Keeffe."It is not often that author, illustrator and subject come together so seamlessly. Breathtaking." Kirkus (starred review)
YELLOW ELEPHANT: A Bright Bestiary
Poems by Julie Larios, Harcourt, Spring 2006
"The animals in these well-crafted poems flash with color and emotion. Each spread features a picture of a brightly hued animal, and Larios’ rhythms and sounds skillfully reinforce the memorable, evocative images." Booklist (starred review)
TWIST: YOGA POEMS by Janet S. Wong, McElderry Books, Spring 2007
Janet Wong explores a series of yoga poses in these thoughtful and entertaining poems. The illustrations echo the metaphors in the poems, using the saturated colors and style of Indian miniatures. This book will stretch your mind and body.
KNOCK ON WOOD: POEMS ABOUT SUPERSTITION.
By Janet S. Wong, Margaret McElderry Books, 2003.
"The author and artist of Night Garden reunite for this picture book of poems about black cats, horseshoes, ladders and other superstitions… Paschkis's paintings make the most of each poem…Paschkis and Wong show how a painter and poet in harmony can each enhance the other's work in this engaging and visually striking book." Horn Book
NIGHT GARDEN: POEMS FROM THE WORLD OF DREAMS.
By Janet S. Wong, Margaret McElderry Books, 2000.
"In this absorbing volume Wong and Paschkis examine the familiar yet surprising qualities of dreams. Paschkis' swirling imagery and Wong's quiet yet haunting words skillfully simulate the reveries they recount." Publisher's Weekly
"Julie Paschkis's robust illustrations have staying power…These are pictures to return to, detailed enough for lengthy inspection." Times Book Review
Winner: A NY Times Best Illustrated Book 2000
An NCTE Notable Children's Book
ALBERT THE FIX-IT MAN.
By Janet Lord, 2008, Peachtree Press
Albert is never too tired or busy to help his neighbors. And when he gets sick, all of his neighbors help him feel better again.This is a story of tools and neighbors and kindness.
THE GREAT, SMELLY, SLOBBERY SMALL-TOOTH DOG
by Margaret Read MacDonald, 2007, August House
MacDonald retells the story of the Beauty and the Beast with a charming and loyal dog as the protagonist.
"MacDonald has honed the story until each line is sharp and falls easily on listening ears. Paschkis's gouache folk art paintings in blue,crimson and gold tones are reminiscent of medieval tapestries... This book is a joyous gift to storytellers and youngsters alike." School Library Journal
This is a story of two friends: cat and mouse. Cat needs to learn to control his appetite."Gastronomical expressions…will easily pull young listeners along. The illustrations are equally alluring." Kirkus Reviews"…a favorite read-aloud…simply demands that readers shout along." The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
Winner of a Parents Choice Award
Winner: A Georgia Children's Picture Book Award
THE TALKING VEGETABLES.
Retold by Won-ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert, Henry Holt and Co, Fall 2006.
All of the villagers work together to create a garden, but Spider doesn't want to help. In this delightful Liberian story the vegetables speak up, and spider learns to be a part of the community.
HEAD, BODY, LEGS.
By Margaret H. Lippert and Won-ldy Paye, Henry Holt, 2002. and 2003
This is an offbeat retelling of an origin myth from Liberia. How will the parts of the body come together? There are many possibilities.
"The action plays out against a background so saturated with citrus colors that the spreads resemble African fabrics in their beauty and fluidity. This attractive volume delivers its upbeat message with intelligence and humor." Publisher's Weekly
"Enticing illustrations in ripe fruit colors" Horn Book
- Winner of the 2002 Aesop Award
- An ALA notable book
- A CBC blue ribbon book
BOTTLE HOUSES: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey.
By Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker, Henry Holt & Co, 2003.
This nonfiction picture book tells the story of the visionary artist Grandma Prisbrey. Using bottles and scraps that she found and scrounged she created a world of her own imagination on a small lot in California. This book celebrates the power of imagination.
Night of the Moon, by Hena Khan, Chronicle Books 2008
Hena Khan tells the story of Yasmina, a Pakistani-American girl who celebrates Ramadan and Eid with her family. The illustrations include patterns in lush blue and turquoise inspired by Islamic tiles.
“Sweet and visually striking, this is a good choice both for children who celebrate these holidays and for others seeking a bridge to their culture.” Publisher’s Weekly
By Dennis Fairchild, Running Press, 2003.
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E.T.A. Hoffmann, Chronicle Books, 2001
This fully illustrated version of the beloved Christmas story includes a CD by the
London Symphony Orchestra.
"This version, which differs from the ballet in several ways, is based on Hoffmann's 1816 originaland tells a richer tale...The gouache illustrations have a beautiful folktale dreaminess." Kirkus Reviews