Children’s Book Review: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
Publisher:  Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Published:  February 1st 2001
Hardcover, 32 pages
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
* 1978 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Plains Indian girl is lost in the mountains during a storm. A wild stallion becomes her friend and she decides to ride free with the herd even after she is found. “. . . Storytelling and art express the harmony with and the love of nature which characterize Native American culture”.–The Horn Book. Caldecott Medal; ALA Notable Children’s Book. Full-color illustrations.

The Girl That Loved Wild Horses is a beautiful story, told through words and images, both unique and special. Not only has Paul Goble created a timeless story but has portrayed the love and understanding this book tells through one of kind pictures, so unique he won the Caldecott Award (1978) which was well deserved.

An Indian girl “understands horses in a special way” that no one else does. Every morning she leads the horses to water and watches over them when they are sick. While out with the horses a storm causes them to become lost. After the storm is over she runs into a “strong and proud and more handsome than any horse she had ever dreamed of”: a stallion. The stallion tells her that he is the leader of the wild horses and that they can live with them. She becomes part of the wild horses, in more ways than one.

This book is everything beautiful and gorgeous in every way. While the story is a folktale, it also promotes acceptance and tenderness. The images themselves tell their own story, beautifully created with bold and bright colors. This book is perfect for every age group. A must read for everyone!! 


~ I’ve Been Interviewed ~

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Karen at For What It’s Worth has graciously interviewed me for her amazing Better Know a Blogger feature.
I feel like a star!
This is a great feature and I look forward to reading all of the Bloggers who are interviewed, learning more about this wonderful world and those that put so much heart behind their Blogs.
I hope you all can head on over there and read Karen’s Interview.

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner

While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.

Children’s Book Review: A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

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A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead and Illustrated by Erin Stead
Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press
Published:  May 25th 2010
Hardcover, 32 pages
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
* 2011 Caldecott Medal Winner 

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl.
But one day – “Ah-choo!” – he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
Philip C. Stead’s gently humorous tale of friendship and dedication is illustrated by his wife Erin E. Stead’s elegant drawings, embellished with subtle hints of color.
A Sick Day For Amos McGee is not just for children but perfect for adults.  It is a story of friendship and kindheartedness which is beautifully paired with unique and gorgeous illustrations drawn by Erin Stead, in pencil and by hand.  
Amos McGee, a zookeeper, finds complete happiness in taking care and visiting the animals of the zoo. He spends time with each animal in different ways: racing the tortoise, reading stories to an owl who is afraid of the dark, talking to a shy penguin, and playing chess with an elephant.   
One day Amos McGee gets sick and is not able to go to work.  His zoo animal friends notice his absence and worry about him.  Because of Amos McGee’s unwavering friendship, they visit him at home and spend time with him, just as he has always done for them.   The next morning, Amos McGee is much better, all from the simple acts of kindness and the simplicity of friendship.  
 Philip Stead’s picture book is beautifully written and illustrated.  It is hard to come away without a smile and a better understanding of love and friendship. 
Check out an interview with Erin Stead at Book Page!

Today ~ the Anniversary of Randolph Caldecott

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Today is the anniversary of Randolph Caldecott, a 19th century English illustrator, born on 22 March 1846.  Caldecott literally transformed children’s worlds through his illustrations. 
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to illustrators of children’s books that are exceptional, in honor of Randolph Caldecott.
The 2011 Winner is A Sick Day for Amos McGee
illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead.
Judy Zuckermain (Caldecott Medal Committee Chair) states:
these illustrations “endearing, expressive characterization in space illustrations rendered in muted tones distinguish this timeless picture book.” [source]
The Caldecott Honor Books of 2011:
Dave the Potter, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill
Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill’s elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier’s resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave’s story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.
Interrupting Chicken, illustrated and written by David Ezra Stein

It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story – and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt.  But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood or even Chicken Little, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing.  Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting?
In honor of the Caldecott Anniversary, I will be posting reviews all weeks of Caldecott Winners and Caldecott Honors!

Releases This Week: March 20th-26th

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Those That Wake by Jesse Karp (3/21/11) **2011 Debut Author
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (3/22/11) **2011 Debut Author
Royally Crushed by Niki Burnham (3/22/11)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (3/22/11) **2011 Debut Author
Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell (3/22/11) **2011 Debut Author

Leap by Jodi Lundgren (3/25/11)

Book Blogger Hop (12)


This week’s Hop Twist:  
  “Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?”
I read several books at a time. I prefer to do this because my moods change – I might be in the mood for one book one day but not the next, and I read EVERYDAY so I need to have more than one book to fit my moods. It is common however that I’ll get sucked into one book, out of all the ones I’m reading, and finish that one and then move on to finish another one. I find this works much easier for me than focusing on one book at a time.
For example, right now I am reading Leverage and Unraveled.

*Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books

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