Seven to Ten, 2014 List
Detailed watercolor and ink illustrations lovingly depict a close-knit family creating a homestead. From empty farm field and trailer to colorful gardens and fruit hanging from trees, the pictures reflect the author’s memories of building a house.
Looking for excitement, a young girl selects a red marker and draws her way into a magical adventure. This wordless book of lovely pen and ink drawings combined with luminous watercolors creates a rich and exotic fantasy.
Watercolors, gouache, and collage along with lettered quotations richly capture Horace Pippin’s own style in this biography evoking his love of color. Avid child-artist, he painted until a World War I shoulder injury. Later, after he rehabilitated, other artists lauded his achievement.
A humorous and engaging introduction to bird-watching. Ink and watercolor illustrations enhanced with callouts from both birds and people enrich the text and entertain readers as they run outside to observe birds in their own neighborhoods.
When first-grader Suzy’s father faces deployment to Viet Nam, Suzy (the author herself) imagines friendly jungles. After his postcards stop and neighbors suddenly reassure that he will return soon, the digital illustrations highlighted with paint change animals to nightmarish ogres.
Vividly-colored collages show graceful Mauritanian women wearing the lovely malafas that Laila desperately wants. Their beauty, mystery, elegance, and tradition are only part of the privilege of wearing them; Laila must understand the rest. The included glossary aids non-Muslims.
After a vacuum cleaner almost swallows him, Ulysses, a squirrel, develops superhero powers and types messages while cooperating with comic-book fan Flora to avoid her mother’s efforts to terminate him. Pencil cartoon illustrations help reveal many “holy unanticipated occurrences!”
Intricate ink-outlined watercolors complement this carefully-researched fictional autobiography of Sarah Margru Kinson, captured at nine in West Africa and forced to sail on the Amistad. Her chronicle reveals terror, fear, and loneliness eventually evolving into education and hope.
Muted brown acrylic gouache illustrations display keepsakes from an Italian immigrant’s life like an olive pit, macaroni shell, and fish scale stored in matchboxes. When he shares them with his great-granddaughter, colorful paintings depict her delight in this family legacy.