Seven to Ten, 2010 List
Close-up photographs and a clear, simple text that is appropriate for newly independent readers chronicles one season in the life of a pair of Eastern Bluebirds and their five babies. Back matter includes information about attracting and supporting Bluebirds.
Armed with old tales told by her father, courageous Minli leaves her village near Fruitless Mountain to find Old Man of the Moon and the true secret of good fortune. Jewel-toned illustrations and folklore creatures add to the magic of this fantasy steeped in Chinese tradition.
Third-grader Oliver has overprotective parents, a loudmouth science partner, and a big idea that just might change his life. It's his time to shine in this stellar chapter book, but first he has to finish his diorama of the solar system!
Guns and outlaws may crowd the pages of this book, but the true story of a former slave, crack shot, and wily lawman is the stuff of legends. Text that reads like a tall tale and dramatic paintings provide an exciting picture of the life of an unsung hero of the American West.
Adults will recognize that the narrative imitates Gertrude Stein’s style and presents her circle of friends from Picasso to Alice B. Toklas, while
children will giggle at the nonsensical rhymes whose point is that writing is fun. Chalky acrylics mirror period art, contributing to the playfulness.
From extraordinary highs to devastating lows, the shy rookie was as likely to pitch a wild ball as a strike. With minimal colors throughout, angular action contrasts with quiet mood scenes, to tell the story of quiet determination to succeed.