Children’s Books #1 – #4 have been about the all-important things that children need – kindness, giving, empathy… those social and emotional skills.
#5 is two books that I discovered at the Eric Carle Museum last month. I always find great books at their bookstore. Always! One is fun and whimsical, one is nature and beauty.
I wish you could be there alongside me when I find a great book. For me it’s akin to finding hidden treasure.
by Lita Judge
In a nearly wordless book, Bear discovers the red sled by the cabin, He cannot resist a ride, and animals along the way hop on the sled. These are but a few illustrations.
The animals climb aboard bear on the sled one at a time, and each animal changes the ride in a delightful way. The ‘scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch’ as the bear takes the sled, and the ‘scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch’ as the bear returns the sled are perfect. This book will delight any young child.
by Tony Johnston
The cover alone draws in the reader. Those golden title letters, ‘Trees’, are raised. Children enjoy feeling the letters as they look at the beautiful cover. Who wouldn’t want to open the cover and discover something about trees? I did! The end papers have detailed drawings of roots and sprouting trees.
Well, this is enough to make everyone smile a really deep smile, the kind that makes your cheeks hurt.
The illustration reminds the reader of being a child and looking up, way up. Isn’t that what we should all do? When was the last time you stood under a tree, close to the trunk and looked all the way up? It is glorious.
Days, they hold out their limbs for songbirds to come.
Nights, they hold out their limbs for stars. And moon.
Perfectly crafted words and beautiful illustrations take trees through day and night, sun and rain, bark and blossoms. Blossoms make people happy, like snow.
My goodness. Those words spark a long conversation. Children want to talk about old.
Ah ha! Now children learn about animals that live in trees. This is another whole discovery, from bigger animals to insects. On one of the final pages, the words say,
Like friends, trees stay.
They do not go away.
I love those words. This book will delight any nature lover and tree enthusiast. I think most children fall into that category.
Stay tuned for my updated post of favorite Christmas books.