||Nancy's picks for the best picture books of
Summer/Fall 2001 and ideas for using them in the
classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2001.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Arnosky, Jim. RACCOON ON HIS
OWN. Putnam's, 2001.
- Raccoon find that the canoe in which he is adrift offers security from scary creatures like snakes and
- Artell, Mike. PETITE
ROUGE. Dial, 2001
- A Cajun Red Riding hood with an alligator instead of a wolf to
- Bartoletti, Susan. THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE. Illus. by David Christiana.. Blue Sky Press, 2001.
- A homeless girl and her father ride the rails looking for a place to call
home. When she asks if hoboes have Christmas, the father replies that
" they figure out a way," and he does just that.
- Bosca, Francesca. THE APPLE
KING. Illus. by Giuliano Ferri. North South Books, 2001Gr.
- A selfish king values his apples above all else and shares them with no one. Then one day the unthinkable happens. Worms invade all the apples on the tree and refuse to leave. The king is beside himself but learns a valuable lesson from the
- Bunting, Eve. RIDING THE
TIGER. Illus. by David Frampton. Clarion, 2001 Gr 5-8
- A sophisticated allegory about losing control of one's life whether from drugs or any other obsession. At first the ride is fun and exciting until the rider discovers that he cannot get off the tiger's back. Great for discussion in middle school or junior
- Hayes, Joe. JUAN VERDADES THE MAN WHO COULDN'T TELL A
LIE. Illus. by Joseph Fiedler. Orchard, 2001. Gr 2-4
- When his employer bets his entire ranch on Juan's inability to lie, a young woman does all she can to make him
- Janowitz, Tama. HEAR THAT? Illus. by Tracy Dockray. Seastar, 2001. Gr K-2
- A strange noise in the night has a mother and child looking for its source. They imagine all kinds of thing the noise could be and are pleasantly surprised when they discover what it
- Kirk, David. LITTLE BIRD, BIDDLE
BIRD. Scholastic, 2001. Gr K-2
- A Biddle Bird left on his own seeks something to eat and visits the many creatures found in the forest. He soon discovers that their food is not for him. A nice introduction to wildlife told in
- Kleven, Elisa. SUN
BREAD. Dutton, 2001. Gr K-3
- Everyone misses the sun until the baker shapes dough into sun bread and the grumbling ceases. Told in lilting
- L'Engle, Madeleine. THE OTHER
DOG. Illus. by Christine Davenier. Sea Star, 2001. Gr K-2
- What happens with a beloved pet when a new baby in the house requires all the
attention? The pet in this house who thinks the new baby is another kind of dog is not at all pleased!
- Mayhew, James. KATIE AND THE
SUNFLOWERS. Orchard, 2001. Gr 1-3
- Madcap fun mixed with art history when Katie is so taken with Van Gogh's Sunflowers that she reaches into the painting to try to take some seeds. She gets more than seeds in this delightful introduction to the world of
- McCully, Emily Arnold. THE ORPHAN
SINGER. Scholastic, 2001. Gr 2-4
- The Dolcis give up their child so that she can be trained as a singer. She is lively and often in trouble but cherishes the visits of the Dolcis even thought she does not know who they
- McNaughton, Colin. DON'T STEP ON THE
CRACK. Dial, 2001. Gr 1-4
- Many imaginative reasons why one should not step on a
- McKelvey, Douglas. LOCUST
POCUS. Illus. by Richard Egielski. Philomel, 2001.
- A creepy, crawly collection of bug
- Musgrove, Margaret. THE SPIDER WEAVER . Illus. by Julia Cairns. Blue Sky Press, 2001.Gr 3-6
- The Ghana legend of a master spider weaver and the resulting kente cloth she gave to people
- Nobisso, Josephine. THE MOON'S
LULLABY. Illus. by Glo Coalson. Orchard, 2001. Gr K-3
- The moon reflects the yawns of people all over the world in many different
- Palatini, Margie. MOOSELTOE. Illus. by Henry Cole. Hyperion, 2001. Gr K-3
- Mooseltoe thinks he is ready for the holidays until he discovers one major part of the celebration is missing. He has forgotten the tree! The solution is obvious. Mooseltoe will
become the tree. Told in lively, lilting language with hilarious illustrations, this is sure to be a
winner with young children.
- Paolilli, Paul. SILVER
SEEDS. Illus by Steven Johnson. Viking 2001 Gr 3-6
- An introduction to metaphor using nature
themes: "Hills are huge elephants in a row." Students can be challenged to write their own metaphors about everyday
- Pin, Isabel. THE
SEED. North South Books, 2001. Gr 3-6
- When a seed lands on a border between two territories, both sides claim it and are willing to go to war to have it. But the seed , in the midst of all the preparations for war, quietly provides a simple solution that the tribes, in their haste, have overlooked. An excellent introduction to conflict
- Schnur, Steven, SUMMER, AN ALPHABET
ACROSTIC. Clarion, 2001. Gr 3-6
- Acrostic poems from A to Z describe summer. A is for awnings and each letter in the
word describes summer awnings. B is for beach and the word beach is described in an
acrostic. An excellent pattern for writing about the other
- Testa, Fulvio. TOO MUCH
GARBAGE. North South Books, 2001. Gr K-3
- Two boys who take out the trash discover garbage everywhere and are determined to do something about it. A plea for a cleaner environment that might stimulate thinking in young children about their part in keeping the world
- Van Leeuwen, Jean. SORRY. Illus by Brad Sneed. Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2001. Gr K-3
- Brothers have a falling out and the family feud lasts until their great-grandsons find a peaceful way to settle a dispute...simply by saying the word,
- Walton, Rick. THE BEAR CAME OVER TO MY
HOUSE. Illus by James Warhola. Putnam, 2001
- A sure winner for the K-2 crowd with rhyming antics of a lovable bear. The action is fast and the rhymes are simple, yet allow the children to guess what comes next.
"A bear came over to my house to see what he could see. And what do you think he saw? ME!"