Children are introduced to emperor penguins, the largest of the penguin species, as readers follow a single emperor chick from his hatching to his first swim in the sea at five months of age.
As Little Emperor grows, readers learn how these birds survive the harsh cold of the Antarctic, how they communicate, how and what the chicks are fed and about the predator that Little Emperor faces when he finally reaches the sea. Read full book review >
Filling his short, rhymed, repetitive text with chomps, crunches, slurps, slops, and other sounds of chowing down, London (Snuggle Wuggle, 2000, etc.) invites young children to compare their own eating habits to those of a frog, giraffe, aardvark, cow, and other animals. Read full book review >
Morin returns to the East African setting of his powerful Orphan Boy (Tololwa M. Mollel, 1990), pairing large animal images constructed of paint and mixed media with small but clear color photos, to go with London's (Loon Lake, above, etc.) strongly rhythmic text. Read full book review >
A story of friendship and reciprocity that teaches without preaching, from London (Old Salt, Young Salt, p. 901, etc.). Vivid illustrations by Voce transport readers to a swamp in spring, where birds chirp, and Newt, crawling out of the sun- warmed mud where he has been hibernating for the winter, is stuck. Read full book review >
In the coastal village of Belize, a boy takes over the tradition of basket weaving when his beloved, infirm grandfather can no longer carry on. Grandfather Carpio laments to his grandson Tavio that young people no longer learn from the elders ``how to do the dances and sing the old songs.'' All the old ways, in fact, are in danger of being forgotten. Read full book review >
``Living all alone in a riverside shack:/Oobie-do the Sax Man Scat Man,/the cool cat man'' takes his sax to the city and wails ``his song of longing, his song of joy,/his song of loneliness and looniness'' to great applause but so little pay that he's reduced to working at the Doggie Diner. Read full book review >
Two themes—a ride on a steam train beneath a full moon, and the wild animals that might be ranging through the snow-covered mountains beyond the train's windows—are linked in a simple, poetically evocative text in which the owl rather enigmatically ``sits on a limb/and winks and whoos/and becomes the moon''; several of the animals curl up in their burrows and fall asleep; and the train goes on its way, its sounds contrasting with the otherwise prevailing silence. Read full book review >