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#blogbookaday: Festival of Colors

2 Mar

1Summary:  “Learn all about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, in this lush picture book from bestselling mother/son duo Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal.

Spring is here, and it’s almost time for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival. And when at last the big day comes, they gather with their friends, family, and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fresh starts, friendship, forgiveness, and, of course, fun!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is a simple concept book of colors wrapped in the cultural festival of Holi, celebrated in the spring symbolizing “inclusiveness, new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil.” I loved the simple text and the bright illustrations that really tie this book together and I loved that all the neighbors looked different as well – wearing different clothes, head coverings, different skin color and more. I think that people in western culture don’t often think about people individually, but as countries as whole being the same. The U.S. is different depending on your location and within your own town there are a lot of differences – and the same can be said for Mintoo and Chintoo’s community as well – diversity exists in both small and large communities around the world. I think my favorite spread was at the festival where you can see the community coming together to celebrate with bright colors all around them – what a great way to create a sense of inclusion and caring.

Personal Reaction: With a large Indian population in my community, I love seeing books that reflect their culture and are simple enough to share with even our youngest patrons. This will be a popular title in our library and I’m so glad that books like this exist to provide mirrors for the kids in my community.

Title: Festival of Colors
Author: Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal
Illustrator: Vashti Harrison
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: January 30, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: Draw the Line

24 Feb

33376255.jpgSummary:  “When two boys draw their own lines and realize they can connect them together–magic happens! 

But a misstep causes their lines to get crossed.

Push! Pull! Tug! Yank!
Soon their line unravels into an angry tug-of-war.

With a growing rift between them, will the boys ever find a way to come together again?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Kathryn Otoshi’s work is always so powerful, she’s the author of One and Zero and is able to have such a strong story with few words and powerful images. In this story two boys are having fun playing until there is an accident and miscommunication and soon the rift between the boys grows larger and larger. I love that, without any words, Kathryn is able to make a powerful statement about forgiveness and friendship. I really loved how she used the binding of the book to be the space that separates the boys on the spread – a masterful of creating a strong image to relay strong emotions.

Personal Reaction: This would be the perfect book to open a conversation about differing viewpoints and how once something is said or done, it can be difficult to come back from it. Easily accessible for elementary through high school kids, you can easily relate this to any number of current events and use this wordless picture book as a jumping off point.

Title: Draw the Line
Author: Kathryn Otoshi
Illustrator: Kathryn Otoshi
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: October 10, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

Book Review: The Painting

9 Aug

33674139The Painting by Charis Cotter is a story of mystery and intrigue, but at its heart its the story of loss and relationships among family. Annie loves painting, drawing and art and is nothing at all like her parents who just can’t seem to understand their daughter. But, when Annie’s mother slips into a coma following a car accident, can Annie help save her?

Annie finds a painting of a lighthouse in the attic and with her artistic eye, is drawn to it right away, but when she falls through the painting and meets young Claire she gets more than she bargained for. Soon she is looking for other paintings by the mysterious Maisie King in order to help Claire understand her own mother, while at the same time trying to understand how Claire’s story is part of her own family’s history and what she can do to help her mother emerge from her coma.

I had a little difficulty following the storyline as each girl had a similar middle grade voice that made it difficult to differeniate, but I loved the mysterious travel through the paintings and really enjoyed how the story came together at the end as Annie learned more about her own family and the how the power of forgiveness saved her mother’s life. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you have a child in your life that likes a little suspense, mystery and is a little bit of an introvert and/or artist – this is the book for them!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Annie’s mother never talks about her childhood & when she falls into a coma, it’s up to Annie’s mysterious travel into paintings to save her

Title: The Painting
Author: Charis Cotter
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Page Number: 288 pgs.

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