||Nancy's picks for the best picture books
of Spring 2002 and ideas for using
them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2002.
Last updated: Monday, April 22, 2002
Felicia. THE DAY IT RAINED HEARTS.
HarperCollins, 2002. K-2
- The day it rained hearts Cornelia Augusta used
them to create surprising valentines for her most unusual friends.
A thoughtful picture book.
- Brett, Jan. DAISY COMES HOME.
Putnam, 2002. Gr
- Daisy, the smallest hen, is picked on by the
others until an unexpected journey teaches her how to deal with
- Dahl, Roald. ROALD DAHL'S REVOLTING RHYMES.
Illus. by Quentin Blake. Knopf, Reissue 2002. Gr 4-8
- Sophisticated parodies of familiar tales told in
- Freeman, Marcia. THE GIFT.
Illus. by Partricia
Kennedy. Maupin House, 2002. Gr 2-4
- When her pioneer mother's songs are silenced by
loneliness, Sonja finds a way to bring back the songs and her
family's hope and happiness. A beautiful written account of a
- Cates, Karin. A FAR FETCHED STORY.
- Grandmother wanted firewood. But one by one, the
family members who went to the woods to gather sticks came back
with far-fetched adventure tales. A great read-aloud.
- Hall, Katy and Lisa Eisenberg. DINO RIDDLES.
Illus. by Nicole Rubel. Gr K-3
- Dinosaur riddles sure to please! What do you call
a sleeping dinosaur? A stego o snore us!
- Lamm, C. Andrew. GAUCHADA.
Illus. by Fabian
Negrin. Knopf, 2002. Gr 3-6
- A necklace is passed from hand to hand and each
time a gaucho's story is told. Lyric poetry to share with older
- Lawlor, Laurie. OLD CRUMP: The True Story of a
Illus. by John Winch. Holiday House, 2003. Gr K-3
- An outstanding picture book! 'The sun was beating
down on Death Valley. Water was nowhere in sight. The food had run
out days ago. Other oxen bucked, kicked and ran off, but Old Crump
trudged on, carrying four children across the desert.'
- London, Jonathan. WHAT THE ANIMALS WERE WAITING
Illus. by Paul Morin. Scholastic, 2002. GR 2-4
- The dramatic story with equally dramatic
illustrations of the cycles of life on the African savanna. Told
in stirring verse.
- McCall, Francis & Keeler, Patricia. A HUGE
HOG IS A BIG PIG.
Greenwillow, 2002. Gr 2-4
- First you get a two-word clue. Then you think of
two words that mean the same thing and rhyme. A chubby kitty is a
fat cat. Figure out the answers then make up your own clues and
- Oloffson, Helena. THE LITTLE JESTER.
Books, 2002. Gr 2-4
- A jester boy comes to a
monastery and begins to juggle and dance. Then the monks see that
something wonderful has happened. The Weeping Madonna weeps no
more. An excellent introduction to the Middle Ages.
- Oneill, Alexis. THE RECESS QUEEN.
Illus by Laura
Huliska-Beith. Scholastic, 2002. Gr K-3.
- No one messes with mean Jean the recess queen!
Until a new kid comes to school! Then surprising things happen.
- Kowell, Susan. CINDY ELLEN, A WILD WESTERN
HarperTrophy, 2002. Gr 2-4
- Cindy Ellen's stepsisters were so mean they would
make a rattlesnake look nice. But Cindy-Ellen learns about
gumption from her godmother and lassos first place in the rodeo
contest and in the heart of Joe Prince.
- Tang, Greg. MATH FOR ALL SEASONS.
Illus by Harry
Briggs. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 2-4
- Math puzzles presented as riddles that pose a
problem for young learners.
- Tekavec, Heather. STORM IS COMING.
Margaret Spengler. Gr K-2
- The farm animals fear the coming of an awful
creature named Storm, but feel better when the sky darkens and the
rain comes, for the sky must be trying to protect them?
- Tompert, Ann. THE PIED PIPER OF PERU.
Kestutis Kasparavicius. Boyds Mill, 2002. Gr 2-4
- When Brother Martin is ordered to set traps and
put out poison to rid the priory of mice he knows he can't harm
the creatures. Neither can he disobey an order from his superior.
It is when he meets a brave mouse that they find a way out of the
- Weigelt, Udo. OLD BEAVER,
Illus. by Bernadete
Watts. NorthSouth Books, 2002. Gr K-3
- Old Bever can no longer build dams and the forest
animals bring in a new young beaver to do the job. Old Beaver,
feeling useless, disappears but the young beaver needs advice and
it takes both of them to get the job done.
- Wisdom, Jude. WHATEVER WANDA WANTED.
Fogelman Books, 2002. Gr K-3
- Wanda gets anything she wants from her parents
until the day she wants a kite which is not for sale. A temper
tantrum results in an unexpected journey where Wanda learns a lot
- Weston, Carrie. LUCKY SOCKS.
Illus. by Charlotte
Middlelton. Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2002. Gr K-3.
- Kevin has a terrible week until the day he puts
on yellow socks and things start to go right. Then the socks are
missing...will yellow underwear be as