Seven to Ten, 2008 List
From seeds "as small as a freckle" to ones weighing sixty pounds, this exploration of dormancy and germination bursts with colorful illustrations and equally colorful facts.
Before Dodsworth departs on vacation, his customary breakfast at Hodges’ Café turns out to be a bad mistake. From the moment Hodges’ crazy duck hears his plans, Dodsworth is doomed. Deadpan writing and flat cartoon illustrations coalesce into a perfect comedy.
Vivid oil pastels paint a bright sky-filled world and tell the story of one boy’s uncle, a former Tuskeegee airman, who misses the days he spent soaring above the earth.
Both traditional and fresh, lively and literary, this retelling features a brown-skinned child who travels through the winter woods to visit her ailing grandmother. Gorgeously detailed illustrations on oversized double-paged spreads are full of touches that extend the familiar story.
Little Rat wants her violin playing to sound as beautiful as what she hears in the orchestra, but she hates to practice. Jewel-toned, whimsically detailed illustrations evoke a tiny but entire world.
Highly magnified, close-up photos of more than a dozen spider species jump off the page while a brief text provides information about eating, mating, and birthing. An appendix explains how Bishop hand-raised the spiders to get the best shots.
This familiar poem is reset on a city basketball court where the Jabberwock is a gigantic player, and the ball goes "snicker-snack" as it drains the basket. Intense fiery colors, black silhouettes, and a bold typeface add excitement and drama.
After two students squabble, fifth grade girls and boys at Laketon Elementary vie to see who can say the fewest words for two days, a contest causing consternation among both teachers and families.
Takeboki, the “Flower Keeper” for the temple gardens, spends his life quietly sweeping up leaves and blossoms, to create beauty and order. Collage illustrations made from Japanese papers complement this Buddhist-inspired original fable.