Books by Margriet Ruurs

BUS TO THE BADLANDS  by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A low-key, fantasy-free dino adventure. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Muddy mishaps and a thrilling discovery highlight a class outing to a dinosaur museum and dig in Alberta. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANT KEEPER by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A moving and unforgettable true story of one worthwhile effort to counter humans' negative impact on wildlife. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
This picture book offers a fresh perspective on Earth's largest land mammals. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAYS AROUND THE WORLD by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An easy, enjoyable way to start thinking about similarities and differences around the world. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Many American children know about piñatas at birthday celebrations, and almost all of them know about blowing out candles, but do they know that dumping flour on the birthday child is a tradition in Jamaica? Read full book review >
STEPPING STONES by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An astonishing book that allows the humanity of refugees to speak louder than politics and introduces readers to one of Syria's incredible artists. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rama wakes with the call of her family's rooster, laughing, playing, and spending her days surrounded by the love of her family. Read full book review >
SCHOOL DAYS AROUND THE WORLD by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"The picture-book equivalent of 'It's a Small World.' (Picture book. 3-8)"
Third in a series of informational picture books for preschoolers and early-elementary readers about children around the world (Families Around the World, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
A BRUSH FULL OF COLOUR by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to an iconic, wonderfully accessible and quintessentially Canadian artist. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
"Painting is the last great freedom. You can paint what you like." Read full book review >
FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Limiting African representation to one rural group (the Maasai) is an unfortunate misstep, but this quick global trip can serve as a first look at the larger world. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
This simple but inclusive informational picture book surveys many types of families. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Beginning with a quote from the UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" that states that everyone has the right to an education, this selection describes an assortment of schools of various types and shapes in different locations across the globe. A huge diversity is explored and described—traditional classrooms, homeschooling, distance learning, community and nongovernment schools, international schools, specially designed buildings, outdoor learning spaces and even boats. Each spread presents a school in a design that includes the national flag, a map and facts about the country, interesting photographs of the school and students, general descriptions of the location and type of school and whom it serves and the transportation involved, as well as the words and thoughts of children who attend. Accessible and inspiring, the depictions of these 13 schools are impressive in scope, and the sheer number of similarities and differences between the schools makes for a fascinating read. An excellent choice for the classroom and a strong introduction to such topics as global diversity and the importance of education. (Nonfiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
IN MY BACKYARD by Margriet Ruurs
ANIMALS
Released: March 13, 2007

At night, during the day and throughout all the seasons, a backyard is a wonderful place for spotting wildlife. Among the animals that Ruurs highlights are wrens, a toad, spiders, bats and an opossum. A single lyrical sentence describes the action, while clues in the illustration lead readers to surmise the season: "The glistening trail of a slow-moving snail shows me where it searched for leaves and berries." Made entirely of sculpted paper and watercolors, Broda's awe-inspiring scenes have a depth and realism that draw readers in. And as if that weren't enough, readers get the extra treat of hidden details—he conceals a ladybug on each spread and a clue as to what animal will be featured on the next page. Backmatter includes a legend that tells more about the animals (and where the clues, but not the ladybugs, are hiding) and a guide to luring animals to your own backyard. A necessary library purchase, this is also sure to find a home on budding artists' and young naturalists' bookshelves. (Picture book. 3-10)Read full book review >
ANIMAL ALPHABED by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

As a young child is tucked under her animal quilt, she realizes that one of the animals is missing. So begins an abecedarian search that will have all the animals coming to life and leading her on an adventure. Unfortunately, while the concept is creative, its execution is very poor. The search is so convoluted that young readers will get lost along the way, just as the main character does when she repeatedly loses track of her mission. The mixes of different rhythms and rhymes make this a difficult read aloud, for both the reader and the listener. Punctuation adds to the difficulty. Some of the rhymes are forced, others seem to be used just for the rhyme and not because they move the plot along. Emery's illustrations accurately reflect the silliness of the text, including the hints to look for the missing animal on certain pages. Nevertheless, even this element of fun will not rescue this effort. This tortuous bedtime search for a missing animal is one to miss. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

In the U.S., we have bookmobiles and we've heard about horses used in hilly terrain, but in Thailand, elephants carry books and special metal slates so that children in rural villages can lean to read and write. A combination library/classroom created by the Railway Police Division in some old train carriages, brightly painted and refurbished, serves homeless children in Bangkok. In Kenya and Mongolia, camels carry books and boats serve the purpose in Finland and Indonesia. Ruurs uses a double-paged spread with several color photos for each of 13 countries along with a fact box that includes a small regional map (not always clear), the flag, population, some general information and the language(s) spoken in each nation. One of the more unusual books about libraries, this may also get kids thinking about children in other countries in a way that the series books never do. (world map) (Nonfiction. 8-11)Read full book review >