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The interdependence of the plants and birds and animals on the prairie is emphasized in this celebration of the prairie dogs' role in native grassland ecosystems which uses song lyrics, informational narrative, and collage illustrations to tell the story. Roth’s striking images were created with paper and fabric. The book includes music for those who want to sing the cumulative text, based on “The green grass grew all around,” as well as extensive back matter including an timeline of the progress of restoring the Janos grasslands in Chihuahua, Mexico, illustrated with photographs. (K. Isaacs. 7-10 and up) This title will appear on the June agenda.
The making of Art Kane's famous Esquire photograph of jazz musicians in Harlem in 1958 is both reimagined and celebrated with 21 poems about the day, the child onlookers, and some of the musicians who appeared. Solidly grounded in fact, and with helpful supporting explanations as well as resources, both text and vibrant illustrations will appeal to child readers and jazz lovers of all ages.(K. Isaacs. 7-10)
In this heartrending debut novel, three high school senior outcasts connect in a rural Tennessee town: Dill, a musically-talented son of an incarcerated Pentecostal preacher; Lydia, a snarky fashionista with a ticket out; and Travis, a reader of fantasy novels and lumberyard worker. Depictions of small-town life are spot on, and the sentence-level writing is by turns beautiful and exhilarating. Fourteen and Up. -Todd Krueger
Considering all the current news stories we hear about bullying, it's humbling to think that even Vincent Van Gogh was a victim. His contemporaries didn't view him as an artistic genius, rather he was the crazy fool with wild red hair who used incongruent colors and couldn't even sell his paintings. It's only decades later that the narrator, a boy who knew Van Gogh, realizes the artist's genius. With brightly-hued illustrations, Casson delivers a work reminiscent of Van Gogh's famous paintings (Bedroom in Arles). Seven to Ten. Anne Womack