Have you joined the Summer Reading Club (SRC) at the Ottawa Public Library (OPL)? You can join at any of the 33 branches, and even the 2 bookmobiles!
First of all, let me tell you about my favourite books illustrated by Kim LaFave.
“Amos was old and Amos was cold and Amos was tired of giving away all his wool.” But despite his noisy objections, Aunt Hattie shears Amos once again and knits his wool into a brightly colored sweater for Uncle Henry. Poor Amos decides that this time he's had enough – I think one of the best illustrations in Canadian picture books is in this book. Poor Amos was “old and he was cold and now he was angry”. And the illustration is superb! Superb! I invite you to head to the library, and take this book out. You will enjoy reading it, and enjoying LaFave’s superb (yes, they are superb) illustrations.
Jonathan has a very unusual dog. It likes to go to the park, watch TV, and eat toast crumbs. And it's invisible. His big sister Elizabeth says Dog isn't real, but Jonathan and Grandma know better... A story about imagination and sharing, perfectly illustrated by award-winner Kim LaFave. I give this book to every grandmother who comes into our branch.
The young narrator and his friends, Maggee and Jesse, travel to a myriad of places to look at sea life that is every colour of the rainbow. Children will delight in the pink octopus, the blue manatee, and the orange barracuda. Richard Thompson and Maggee Spicer have created a rhythmic poem that will encourage the very youngest of new readers. Together with Kim LaFave's bold and playful illustrations, this delightful poem will make a fine book: “To show what we'll see, when we all go sailing on the rainbow seas.”
|Stella, Star of the Sea By Marie-Louise Gay||*|
Exquisite, evocative watercolors bring a diaphanous day at the beach alive in this perfect summer story. Gently humorous, Stella, Star of the Sea also captures the relationship between an older sister and her baby brother -- a responsibility that can be both lots of fun and very trying.
Instead, Scaredy builds his own safe beach getaway under his nut tree, complete with germ-free inflatable pool, artificial beach scenery, a flashlight and a plastic flamingo.
Still, the lure of the genuine beach is strong — even a dedicated homebody such as Scaredy can't resist it forever. Can his back–up plans save him from its perils? Will his No.65 sunscreen protect his delicate complexion?
I hope that you have lots of “reading parties” in August, and enjoy these books. Remember, next time you are at the library, ask your librarian which authors, illustrators, and books, are her favourites. She will have a long list too! Margaret Kirkpatrick, Children’s Librarian, Carlingwood Branch.