Birdsong by Julie Flett

BirdsongBirdsong by Julie Flett; illustrated by Julie Flett. 2019. Pastel and pencil(composited digitally). Published by Greystone Kids.

Brief summary:  Young Katherena and her mother move from their city house by the sea to the country. In the summer, Katherena is encouraged by her mother to meet their neighbor, Agnes and the elderly woman’s dog, Ôhô. Agnes encourages the young girl to draw. Over the seasons, they develop an intergenerational friendship and share each other’s passion of art. Agnes’s daughter visits her mother and welcomes the little girl to join her to sit at the old woman’s death bed until it is time to say goodbye.

Comments: This is such a nice and gentle story of a friendship between two artists. The ending when Katherena sits at Agnes’s side after covering the bedroom walls with her drawings of birds to give the elderly woman a beautiful sendoff  is so touching.

I recommend this book for school counselors to have in their collections for students who may be experiencing death of a love one.

 

Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson

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Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Renata Liwska. 2017. Pencil, colored digitally.

Brief summary: The dormouse is deep asleep in his tree unaware of winter slowly turning to spring. The snow melts and animals come out of hibernation all around him while he continues to sleep and dream.  A friend knocks on his door and wakes him. They get married and then are seen in the tree dreaming together.

Comments: This is an adorable book about that time when winter starts to slowing disappear and the hibernating animals are coming out to greet spring.  This is not a narrative nonfiction book as several of the forest creatures are playing with darts, skiing and engaging in other outdoor games while the little dormouse is asleep in a tree above them.

I looked up dormouse, because I did not remember ever hearing about these type of mice when I was growing up. I found out why. First, they are not mice but are related more to squirrels. Also, they are not found in the United States but are in Europe, Africa, and Asia. They do hibernate for a long time– six months or more.

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Pablo in the Snow by Teri Sloat

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Pablo in the Snow by Teri Sloat; illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet. 2017. Published by Henry & Holt Company.

Brief summary: Pablo, an adorable fluffy white lamb, goes out to his first snow. ‘ “What is it for?” he wonders.” Pablo thinks it is for making tracks, riding a sled, and snowball fighting. After he gets together with his friends, Squirrel, Shrew, and Rabbit, they come across Fox who is making a snowman.  Pablo stays with the snowman not realizing a snowstorm is falling all around him and covering his footsteps back home. He starts to cry until he sees two moving snowballs realizing his snow-covered Mom and Dad are there to bring him back home to the barn where they cuddle inside.

Comments: This would be a cute seasonal winter story to tell in the winter unit of study or for the joy of reading. Students could make Pablo with cotton balls glues to blue construction paper.

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What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward

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What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward; illustrated by Susie Ghahremani. 2017. Gouache on wood; hand-lettering by Susie Ghahremani; typeset in Cronos Pro. “All papers used in Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc., are natural, recyclable products made from wood grown in well-managed forests.” Published by Bloomsbury.

Brief summary: Each seed is described in a simple rhyme concluding with  “What Will Grow?” and answered on the right with an illustration of the featured seed grown to maturity. There is a two-paged spread in the back of each seed telling when to sow, steps needed to plant, and how long the plant will need to grow. The back also lists and illustrates the four stages of growth–roots, stem, leaves, and flower.

Comments: There are full, colorful two-paged illustrations with no white space. Students will also enjoy the three page extensions. This book could be read as an introduction to seeds. Students could be given  actual seeds that are discussed in the book and have to figure out which ones match  the pages.

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