I am a self-proclaimed book fiend. Children's literature holds a special place in my heart - I think it is because my mother is an avid book lover herself and taught me from very early on to love classic, well-written children's literature.
Beautiful, enriching illustrations are just a part of the draw of a wonderful children's story, and so most of the books we review here will have gorgeous drawings.
You will not find any lackluster books on this blog. No vulgar Dora, Spongebob or Disney.
We believe in books that beautify the experience of growing up and learning.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand is set in Spain. An international tale: the first clue that it will be worth a read...or 25 in our case.

Ferdinand is a bull. Not just any old bull, a bull that loves the finer things in life. His favorite pasttime? Smelling the roses...really.
While his buddies butt heads and snort and pant in the fields - showing their bull-ness - Ferdinand is content to lounge under a tree and relax.

He is taken to Madrid to be in a bull fight...the last thing a peace-lover like Ferdinand should be doing. How does he get in this situation? By a strange twist of fate. Read it to your little ones to find out.

Creepy Castle by John S. Goodall

You know what I like about books that have no words? The illustrations have to be good to carry the story. Creepy Castle by John Goodall delivers on the gorgeous illustrations. They're colorful and detailed.
Two mice - a princess and her knight, perhaps? (That's the other thing about narration-less books, you kind of make up your own story.) - go exploring in a creepy, abandoned castle. They are followed by a malicious rat and the adventures keep coming page after caption-less page.

This one is a current favorite of the two Bigs. I may have to return the library's copy and go on a hunt for our own.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Blueberries for Sal by Roberts McClosky

Blueberries for Sal is a perfect Summer read for the little ones.

Sal and her mother visit the nearby blueberry patch that just happens to be the favorite haunt of a local bear cub and his mommy. A few silly cases of mistaken identity and surprises for Sal and her mother (plus, blueberries!) make for a classic story that conjures Summer.Not to mention, the simple black and white illustrations are fantastic. (Of course.)