Sunday, September 4, 2011

Pictures and Text Come Together

RAJ, THE BOOKSTORE TIGER by Kathleen Pelley and illustrated by Paige Keiser (Charlesbridge 2011) introduces readers to Raj, a cat who has a great deal of self confidence. He travels with his owner each day to the bookstore and even joins in story times. Then, one day a new cat arrives, one which makes Raj question his confidence. Can Raj become the bookstore tiger once more? <452>

Gerald McDermott gives readers a tale from India in MONKEY (Harcourt 2011). Monkey wants to cross the river to the mango trees. Crocodile is happy to help him, of course, all the while planning to feast on monkey's heart. Monkey, however, is quite clever. McDermott's trademark illustrations with their bold colors accompany a straightforward text sure to please readers. <453>

HOW TO GET A JOB BY ME THE BOSS by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap is a humorous look at the skills needed to find and obtain a job. Interview tips (do not bring your gerbil to the interview), suggestions for jobs (President, cowboy, teacher) and other important information are shared. <454>

Dalia constructs a tzedakah box where she collects coins and dollars to buy things. In HOW DALIA PUT A BIG YELLOW COMFORTER IN A TINY BLUE BOX by Linda Heller with illustrations by Stacey McQueen (Tricycle Press 2011), readers will learn of this Jewish tradition of giving back to others. Sharing with others is an important theme to explore with young readers. <455>

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