||Nancy's picks for the best picture books &
poetry of Winter
2004-2005. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2004.
|Last updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2005
- Brumbeau, Jeff. THE QUILT
MAKER'S JOURNEY. Illustrated by Gail de Marcken. Orchard Books, Spring,
2005. Gr 2-5
A brave young girl leaves her
village in search of the true meaning of happiness. Includes a
wide variety of quilt patterns.
- Cannon, Janell. PINDULI.
Harcourt, 2004. Gr K-3
No one but her mama thinks
Pinduli is a beautiful hyena. She wants to disappear but ends
up showing the other animals
how a few words can make abig difference. A touching story that
shows looks aren't everything!
- Cassels, Jean. THE MYSTERIOUS
COLLECTION OF DR. DAVID HARLEYSON.
Walker, 2004. Gr 2-4
A world traveler, Dr.
Harleyson, has disappeared. Follow the clues and solve the
- Cecil, Randy. ONE DARK AND
DREADFUL NIGHT. Holt, 2004. Gr 1-3
The Wayward Orphans Theatre
performs in tragic and scary plays until....Each play is
interrupted before the
scariest part happens.
- Dodds, Dayle Ann. HENRY'S
AMAZING MACHINE. Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker. Farrar, 2004. Gr 1-3
Henry's machine is getting
larger and larger..what it does is a surprise for everyone.
Excellent for introducing a
unit on inventors.
- Frank, John. THE TOUGHEST
COWBOY OR HOW THE WILD WEST WAS TAMED. Illustrated by Zachary Pullen.
Simon & Schuster, 2004. Gr 2-5
How do you tame the roughest
pack of cowpokes ever to ride the open range? With a little dog,
of course! Great examples of exaggeration. A fun read-aloud.
- Grossman, Bill. MY LITTLE
SISTER HUGGED AN APE. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Knopf, 2004. Gr K-2.
A delightful introduction to
many animals presented in rollicking verse and bold illustrations.
- Krensky, Stephen. THERE ONCE
WAS A VERY ODD SCHOOL. Illustrated by Tamara Petrosino. Dutton, 2004.
A great introduction to
limmericks that poke fun at the many facets of school life.
- Lasky, Kathryn. Humphrey ,
ALBERT AND THE FLYING MACHINE. Illustrated by John Manders. Harcourt,
2004. Gr 2-4
Sleeping Beauty as a fractured
fairy tale when science comes to the rescue. An excellent
example of a way-out parody.
- Egan, Tim. THE TRIAL OF
CARDIGAN JONES. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Gr 1-3.
Cardigan Jones, a moose, is
put on trial for stealing an apple pie. Did he do it?
The reader becomes the jury!
Excellent for inductive reasoning. Highly recommended!
- Freeman, Don. WILL'S QUILL.
Viking reissue, 2004. Gr 2-4
Can a goose from the country
help William Shakespeare write plays? Here is one who does!
- Johnson, D.B., HENRY WORKS.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, 2004. GR 2-4
Is Henry Thoreau really
wasting time or is he making the world a more beautiful place for
those who live in it?
- Paul, Ann Whitford. MANANA
IGUANA. Illustrated by ETHAN LONG. HOLIDAY HOUSE, 2004.
- A delightful
retelling of "The Little Red Hen" with a Hispanic flavor.
- Polette, Keith. ISABEL AND THE
HUNGRY COYOTE. Illustrated by Esther Szegedy. Roaring Brook Press,
2004. Gr K-3.
A Hispanic Red Riding Hood
with an original twist! Written in English with easy to understand
Spanish words throughout the text. Captivating illustrations. An
read aloud ! Highly
- San Souci, Robert. THE WELL AT
THE END OF THE WORLD. Illustrated by Rebecca Walsh.
Chronicle Books, 2004. Gr 1-4
Beautiful illustrated fairy
tale in which Princess Rosamond sets out to find the waters that
will cure her ailing father. A fiesty and courageous heroine.
- Smith, Stu. GOLDILOCKS AND THE
THREE MARTIANS. Illustrated by Michael Garland.
Dutton, 2004. Gr K-3.
Goldilocks takes off in a
space ship, finding something wrong with each planet until she
lands on Mars and finds herself in a whole lot of trouble. A fun
- Walton, Rick. A VERY HAIRY
SCARY STORY. Illustrated by David Clark. Putnam, 2004. K-3
Sarah walks home at night and
meets very, hairy, scary creatures! Fun rhyming text
and shivery illustrations!
- Watson, Richard Jesse. THE
MAGIC RABBIT. Blue Sky Press,Spring 2005. Gr K-3
A rabbit discovers a magic hat
and does all sorts of tricks. He makes frogs jump, mice scurry and
birds fly. The best magic comes when he finds a friend to share
- Winter, Jeanette. SEPTEMBER
ROSES. Farrar, 2004.
- Al ages.
Two sisters from Africa bring
their 2,300 roses to a flower show in New York City on
9/11. The show is cancelled
but they find a unique use for the roses. A touching tribute to
those who lost their lives and the families they left behind.
- Zane, Alexander. THE WHEELS ON
THE RACE CAR. Illustrated by James Warhola.
Orchard Books, Spring 2005.
A delightful variation of "The
Wheels On the Bus" using a race track as the setting.