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Duck Rabbit

Amy Krouse Rosenthal (2009), 32 pages
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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Is that picture on the cover a duck or a rabbit? Is it quacking or just sniffing? Join the debate inside the book as two characters observe the animal and try to prove their idea is correct. Which do you think it is? Leave a comment with your vote.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 6/1/2011
ISBN-13: 9780811868655
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Earth:  Feeling the Heat

Brenda Guiberson (2010), 32 pages
Illustrated by Chad Wallace
Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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The Earth is getting warmer, and the change in climate is affecting life cycles and food chains around the world. You've heard about the polar bears' ice melting away. What about the problems for the puffins, bi-colored dart frogs, caribou, and even the Bengal tigers? Who can help? You can! Read this book and find out how.
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 6/1/2011
ISBN-13: 9780805077193
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East-West House: Noguchi's Childhood in Japan

Christy Hale (2009), 28 pages
Illustrated by Christy Hale
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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'The east-west house' by Christy Hale is a beautifully versed and delicately illustrated book describing the early life of the sculptor, designer, and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi. Read about little Isamu, born to a Japanese father and a Scotch-Irish American mother,trying to fit into both worlds. In an effort to unite his cultures, he creates a house that is a mingling of both worlds. As one of the twentieth century's most innovative artists, Noguchi uses elements of his childhood experiences in his work, seeking to combine 'ancient and modern, craft and technology, and East and West.' A perfect read for the blossoming artist.
Similar books: Frederic Remington: Artist of the American West; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec by Jennifer Bryant; John James Audubon: Aritist of the Wild by Martha E. Kendall; Artist of the Angels by Ann Stalcup
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/3/2010
ISBN-10: 1600603637
ISBN-13: 9781600603631
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Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day

Loreen Leedy (2007), 32 pages
Illustrated by Loreen Leedy
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Nonfiction, Picture Books
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At the Edible Pyramid restaurant, animals learn how to create a balanced diet. Using gentle, cheery illustrations, each area of the food pyramid is introduced with many examples of items belonging in each group. This picture book offers a simple introduction to a complex topic and could be used for teaching the idea of eating a balanced variety of foods even if someone is not specifically interested in the food pyramid.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 10/28/2010
ISBN-10: 0823420744
ISBN-13: 9780823420742
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Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct

Mo Willems (2006), 40 pages
Illustrated by Mo Willems
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Fiction, Picture Books
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Edwina is the beloved town dinosaur. She bakes cookies, plays with the kids, and does favors. There is just one problem: dinosaurs are extinct, and Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie knows it. Will he prove it? What will become of Edwina?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/30/2010
ISBN-10: 0786837489
ISBN-13: 9780786837489
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